3 Platform and hosting

Introduction

Your course will need a platform that allows learners to access the content and provides features to support their learning, such as a learning management system (LMS) which has the right type of functionality to host the course.

This session of the course looks at how you might go ahead choosing the right platform for your course, as well as the alternative formats that your platform may generate.

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In this session you’ll explore how you might go about choosing a home for your open online course. The choice of platform is important as it will have an impact on how learners will access and respond to the content. You’ll need to weigh up the needs of your potential audience with the sort of activities, assessment and materials you plan to include in your course. This will  ensure that the learners have the best chance of making full use of them.
Accessibility of materials is also explored in this session and you’ll be considering how learners with specific needs might make use of the materials you choose to include. You’ll discover how to make visual materials more accessible to people with sight impairments and how keeping accessibility principles as the cornerstone of your approach to course creation. This will actually benefit all learners of the course, regardless of whether they have particular accessibility issues or not.
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3.1 Choosing a platform