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Appears in: IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Pages: 1-6
Publication year:  2013
ISBN:  978-1-4799-0085-5
12th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013
Dates:  10-12 October, 2013
Location:  Antalya, Turkey


Sanchez-Gordon, Sandra; Lujan-Mora, Sergio, “Web accessibility of MOOCs for elderly students“,  Proceedings of the 12th International Conference International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET 2013),  pp.1-6, Antalya (Turkey), October 10-12, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-4799-0085-5.  DOI:


Internet use by older people has increased dramatically during the past 10 years. According to different sources, the number of users over age 65 has more than doubled since 2000. Besides, the inevitable effect of younger users aging will increase the number of older people using the Internet the next decades. Unfortunately, older people face several challenges when using the web due to diminishing capacities related to aging, such as vision decline, hearing loss, decremented motor skills and cognition issues.

On the other hand, e-learning can be an opportunity in helping older people become integrated with the rest of society. In this context, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) bring great opportunities to enhance the quality of life of older people by enabling lifelong learning and inclusion in learning communities. However, MOOCs can present some barriers that could hamper full participation by elderly students. In order to avoid these barriers, MOOCs have to meet different user needs, skills and situations: MOOCs have to successfully address web accessibility challenges for elderly students. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness towards a better understanding of the web accessibility challenges that elderly students of MOOCs face.


Aging; Educational Institutions; Image Color Analysis; Media; Senior Citizens; Synchronization; Visualization; Aging Users; Coursera; Elderly People; Massive Open Online Course; Older users; Web Accessibility; World-Wide Web Consortium


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