The OLDS MOOC is an experimental free course exploring open
pedagogy using freely available and open technologies. The technology choices
that were made for OLDS MOOC mean that we face some challenges for
- The MOOC website template
was developed in Google Sites. It
has been tested and is reasonably accessible, although there are some
issues and improvements will be made as soon as possible.
- The MOOC website includes
embedded YouTube videos. We expect
screenreader users to be able to play these videos, but voice recognition
users may need to use mouse commands to play them.
- The videos do not have
captions as standard, although some of the screencasts do have the text of
the narration on-screen. We are working
to make presenters’ scripts or transcripts available.
- The website includes
images. Some of these have short
descriptions, but others do not yet have full descriptions.
- The Cloudworks website was
tested for accessibility in 2010 and a range of improvements were
made. Users with disabilities are
expected to be able to access this site without difficulty. The Cloudworks
accessibility statement is here: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/support/accessibility.
- There are known
accessibility issues with Google Apps (Hangouts, Docs and Calendar),
particularly for users of assistive technologies, keyboard users, and
users who require specific colour or font settings. Issues have been
reported by the OU to Google over the last few years, and although some
improvements have been made there are still some outstanding issues.
- The accessibility status
of Bibsonomy and Slideshare is not known at this time.
If you have a disability or impairment and have difficulty
accessing any aspect of the MOOC content please contact Anne.Jelfs at open.ac.uk (replace 'at' with @) and we will take reasonable steps to find a solution for you.