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Section 7. Accessibility of LMOOCs

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The opportunities given by LMOOCs allow learners to study at their own pace, time and place, improving interaction and communication between all students. Such educational system is particularly beneficial for disabled people and can greatly enchance their social inclusion. Nevertheless, the use of the LMOOC platforms can be rather difficult for them beause they need to acquire a range of social and digital skills.

For instance, the interactive components such as tests and audiovisual materials that are included in online courses may present certain difficulties to the requirements of accessibility. The visual and methodological design of LMOOCs, their usability, architecture and visual design can have a negative impact on learner involvement and completion scores (Tyler-Smith, 2006).

The multimedia elements that are widely used on LMOOC platforms are based on interesting audiovisual content as well as the interactive components that enable communication of learners by giving access to students with special needs and making them active participants.