Towards the Implementation Process of Accessible Virtual Campuses in Higher Education Institutions in Latin America
Francisco Sánchez Vásquez, Juan Carlos Pérez-Arriaga, Gerardo Contreras Vega, Sergio Luján-Mora, Salvador Otón-Tortosa
Applied Sciences, 12(11), p. 1-29, 2022. ISSN: 2076-3417. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12115470
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Ensuring equitable and inclusive access to educational services in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) requires the development of strategies that consider the diversity of their academic members, administrative staff, and students, as well as the use of information and communication technologies. The identification of requirements for technological accessibility in HEIs allows for the establishment of actions aimed at considering accessibility aspects in the processes of admission, permanence, and graduation, in order to support students with disabilities in their transit through these institutions. Having a systematic approach to guide the design of educational strategies in HEIs contributes to the identification of areas for improvement for the benefit of educational quality and community members. This article describes the proposal of a process based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, and a methodology for the implementation of accessible learning environments oriented to the implementation of an accessible virtual campus based on the establishment of five defined phases: diagnosis, planning, implementation, control, and tracing. This proposal is aimed at supporting Latin American HEIs in the integration of technological accessibility requirements from a systematic and continuous improvement approach.