4.5.4 Learning platforms

Learning platform is a generic term used to describe a broad range of ICT systems that are used to deliver and support learning. These include Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), which combine several functions such as delivering course work over the Web or an intranet to students or allowing students and teachers to interact. VLEs are regularly used for ‘blended learning’ that supplements traditional, face-to-face classroom activities. VLEs are most often used in higher (second or third level) education. Some VLEs are capable of producing content that conforms with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).134 One such open-source VLE is Moodle.135

134 W3C WAI, 2008. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0. Available at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/