Tools and Services

Building upon the experience of successful previous projects (such as eAccess II Project and ALTER-NATIVA Project), the Inclusive Learning consortium brings together expertise from the fields of inclusive design and accessible technology-enhanced training, so as to develop a practical training framework for improving disabled people trainers’ competences in field of designing, sharing and delivering accessible digital training content and courses.

e-Access II Learning Design Toolkit

This is a software tool that enables the trainers of people with disabilities (a) to express their eTraining strategies, in the form of eTraining Course Templates, using a common machine understandable way and (b) to design and develop eTraining Courses using a Reference Set of pre-defined eTraining Course Templates. As a result, a set of eTraining Course Templates, which are following different eTraining strategies (suitable for disabled people training), can be designed to facilitate the development of eTraining Courses that adopt these strategies. e-Access II Learning Design Toolkit is available here

e-Access II Accessible Learning Objects Metadata Authoring Toolkit

This is a software tool that facilitates the trainers of people with disabilities in authoring educational metadata for their eTraining Resources and eTraining Courses, as well as, in organizing and offering of eTraining Resources and Courses through the e-Access II Web Repository. This toolkit aims to provide eTraining Content Suppliers and eTraining Courses Suppliers with a user-friendly authoring wizard for describing their eTraining Resources and Courses with educational and accessibility metadata conformant with IEEE Learning Objects Metadata Standard. e-Access II Accessible Learning Objects Metadata Authoring Toolkit is available here

e-Access II Web Repository

This is a web-based platform enabling trainers of people with disabilities to share their eTraining Resources and eTraining Courses. Moreover, the e-Access II Web Repository offers to trainers of people with disabilities the ability to search and retrieve eTraining Courses. Additionally, the e-Access II Web Repository is conformant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 enabling also direct access from users with certain disabilities, namely, motor disabled and visually impaired users. e-Access II Web Repository is available here but it is also harvested by the Inclusive Learning Portal here

Colabora

It is a collaborative virtual space to support communities of practice which enables teachers that are working in topics of education in contexts of diversity to work collaboratively. Communities in Colabora are supported by three components: activities, tasks and actions. A group of tasks define an activity and each task is composed by actions. The most important actions in Colabora are Zotero module that is used to manage bibliographic information and the repository module that allows teachers to search and discuss about learning objects. Colabora is available here

ALTER-NATIVA ATutor 

It is a Course Management System in which teachers create their accessible learning objects by means of the authoring tool TinyMCE. TinyMCE was improved with 7 new plugins to provide a better support for teachers when they are creating learning objects in order to make the content more accessible. In addition, some visual styles were integrated to give a better visual appearance in the learning objects. Finally, a user model was developed in order to store needs and preferences of each user to provide recommendations. ALTER-NATIVA ATutor is available here

ALTER-NATIVA Repository 

It is a Learning Object Repository used by teachers to store their accessible learning objects. The repository is based on the Fedora Commons digital content repository and its front-end is Islandora. It is organized in three main collections: mathematics, science and language in which teachers can store images, videos, SCORM packages, audio recordings and documents in sub-collections. Teachers can also create the LOM metadata of each object. There is a connection between ATutor and the Repository so that teachers can use simple resources in ATutor from the repository. ALTER-NATIVA Repository is available here but it is also harvested by the Inclusive Learning Portal here