Lowenthal, P. R., Lomellini, A., Smith, C., & Greear, K. (2021). Accessible online learning: A critical analysis of online quality assurance frameworks. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 22(2), 15-29.
Interest in accessibility has grown recently. Despite this, we have found that most people focus too much on compliance and often on the fundamental elements of creating compliant online courses. Instructional designers and online educators often turn to popular quality assurance frameworks to help them design and develop quality online courses. However, questions remain about how well various quality assurance frameworks address accessible online learning. Given this, we analyzed how popular online quality assurance frameworks, specifically the standards they are based on, address accessibility. In the following paper, we report the results of our inquiry and conclude with implications for the research and practice of online learning.
Keywords: Accessibility, Accessible course design, Online learning, Quality assurance, Quality matters, Online learning consortium, OSCQR