Designing for Diverse Learners.

FLOE provides the resources to personalize how we each learn and to address barriers to learning. Learners learn differently, and today’s society needs diverse, self-aware, life-long learners. FLOE supports learners, educators and curriculum producers in achieving one-size-fits-one learning design for the full diversity of learners, leveraging the variants made possible by Open Education Resources (OER).

FLOE is led by the Inclusive Design Research Centre and applies Inclusive Design to open learning.

Watching a video in a loud room, reading in Braille, writing using an alternative keyboard or learning a new language?

Being able to transform, augment, and select alternative educational resources to fit individual needs is essential for an inclusive learning experience. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are free and open for use and reuse in teaching, learning and research. The OER ecosystem can provide an ever-increasing pool of alternative ways to learn. FLOE helps to build knowledge about what works best for each learner.

Want to select, refine and apply your preferences?

Preference editing tools help learners personalize their learning experience. UI Options allows selection and fine-tuning of preferences. Learn more about adding it to your site or application.

Not sure how you learn best?

The First Discovery Tool helps newcomers learn about what kinds of personalizations are possible, and what might work for them.

The Preference Exploration Tool offers a set of starter preferences to try - from reading content aloud so it's easier to follow along, to enhancing keyboard interactions so it's easier to use.

The My Lifelong Learning Lab helps learners keep track of their progress, and personalize their learning goals and learning experience through self-reflection.

The Preference Management Tools support portable preferences - you can apply preferences across devices, resources and learning applications using the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure. The GPII security architecture gives you complete control over who has access to your preferences.

Looking for help making rich content more inclusive?

The HTML5 Video Player offers full keyboard access, captions, transcripts, descriptions and responds to personal user preferences. Learners can request missing captions, descriptions and transcripts, or create them.

Floe is also developing a sonification framework that will help OER developers more easily create sound-based representations of interactive data that can increase comprehension and reinforce learning.

The Chart Authoring tool demonstrates how audio can enhance comprehension of data.

Need guidance in designing accessible resources?

The Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is an expanding source of guidance, tools and tips for producing inclusively designed learning resources, including guidelines for creating inclusive EPUB 3 resources, accessible standardized tests, and inclusive web games and simulations.

Floe has created The Inclusive Design Guide - an engaging and evolving resource for learning about and applying Inclusive Design principles, practices, and tools to the design process.

The Metadata Editor makes it simple to provide useful labels regarding the learner preferences the resource can meet, and supports authors in adding accessibility features. The Feedback Tool allows users to help in the refinement of content and its metadata.

Floe has added a text-to-speech component to the Infusion JavaScript framework. The component uses browser-based speech synthesis to provide self-voicing capabilities to web resources.Thesource code for the Metadata Editor and Feedback Toolis available on Github.

See Also

Floe Wiki

Resource for Floe design, development & project planning

Floe on Github

Repository of all Floe source code


Floe is working with PhET to improve the accessibility of their interactive simulations, improving designs for accessibility.
Outside-IN provides individualized youth training and mentorship programs. Floe is working with Outside-IN, creating tools to support youth engagement.
Raising the Floor
The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII), a project of Raising the Floor, is building upon the foundation of Learner Options to create preference editing tools. This global project makes extensive use of Fluid Infusion.
Prosperity4All Developer Space
Floe is working with the GPII on the development of the Prosperity4All Developer Space (D-Space), which will support developers in finding, using, and contributing to inclusive software development.
Collaborating on accessible content and themes
OER Commons
OER Commons has integrated Learner Options across their entire site and has also integrated the Floe designs for content authoring in Open Author.
Open Courseware Consortium