Different Types of Access

Bjoern Hassler, UNESCO, Feb 10, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This list is worth a post of its own; it's a summary from the UNESCO discussion on access to open educational resources (more will be added to the wiki page):

* Access in terms of ability and skills. (Does the end user have the right skills to access?)
* Access in terms of file formats. (Are the file formats accessible?)
* Access in terms of languages. (How well does the user speak the language of the OER?)
* Access in terms of disability. (Does the OER meet WAI accessibility criteria?)
* Access in terms of licensing. (Is the licensing suitable / CC?)
* Access in terms of local policy / attitude. (Do attitudes or policies pose barriers to using OER?)
* Access in terms of awareness. (Lack of awareness is a barrier to OER.)
* Access in terms of discovery. (If the OER is hidden, not searchable, not indexed, it's hard to find.)
* Access in terms of infrastructure (Lack of power/computers makes access hard.)
* Access in terms of internet connectivity / bandwidth (Slow connections pose a barrier to access.)
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