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Accessible Design for Online Language Learning

ADOLL is a European project which addresses gaps in the language learning resources for the blind and visually impaired. In particular, the project deals with the creation of a multilingual online application for language learning accessible to unsighted and partially sighted computer users.  

The purpose of this  application is to enable learners with sight problems to acquire basic language competences in three world languages: English, Spanish and Russian. It is intended to be used by adult users (aged 16 years or older).

Partners explore the latest opportunities provided by the new learning technologies. The critical issue of the development  is to ensure compliance of the innovative e-learning application with the international accessibility standards.  Therefore special attention is paid to the issue of compatibility of the e-learning platform with the assistive devices widely used by the blind and visually impaired.

The process of the application development includes an active involvement of blind users and experts in the field of language teaching to the visually impaired to ensure their constant feedback regarding the accessibility of the application and appropriateness the learning content.

To guarantee the high quality of the e-learning product, the project makes provision for testing of the ADOLL application  by both unsighted learners and techno-pedagogues.

In addition, it should be noted that considering the learning needs of the visually impaired, ADOLL seeks to apply methodologies of universal design to ensure that the product will be usable by as many people as possible regardless their ability.

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