Accessibility and e-Learning Workshop

Thursday June 12th 2008, 10:30 - 18:00
Parador San Marcos hotel
Plaza de San Marcos, 7. 24001 León (Spain)


ALPE, an abbreviation for Accessible e-Learning Platform for Europe, is a market validation project funded by the European Union (eTEN 029328) that is exploring whether there is a market for the provision of accessibility services which aim to enhance the provision and quality of e-learning materials.

The ALPE Consortium is running a workshop that aims to bring accessibility experts, e-learning developers, consumers of e-learning and educators together with the intention of sharing knowledge, expertise and opinions regarding the best approaches to develop accessible e-learning services and materials.

Objectives of the workshop include:

  • Understanding the meaning of accessibility and what it means to create accessible materials, including an in-depth look at how the ALPE Consortium addresses these needs
  • Exploring the different types of accessibility services that are available to individuals and organisations
  • Discussing approaches that increase the quality of e-learning materials
  • Sharing views about the ALPE business model and opinions about establishment of partnerships

The workshop is part of the activities of the European EDeAN conference: Training in Design for All: Innovative Experiences, organized by the National Centre on Personal Autonomy and Technical Aids (CEAPAT).

We wish to ensure that the workshop is as useful as possible to all delegates. If you have any particular issues that you wish to be addressed or considered, then please do not hesitate to contact one of the organisers:


There will be no charge for the workshop. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. But We've limited the number of attendees to 25, so that you will be able to interact with the speaker and get your questions answered.

To confirm your attendance at the workshop, please download the registration form and send it to Ana Rodríguez (


The workshop will be held on León (Spain), in the Parador San Marcos hotel, located in the historical city centre.

Means of transport
The Parador's website offers info about the means of transport
The city of León
You can find information at the León City Council Website

Upon arrival you will be met our workshop organisers, Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo and Carmen Barrera.


A preliminary workshop programme is now available.

Presentations and workshop conclusions will be available from this site after the event.

Learn more about the ALPE Project, and the aDeNu Investigation Group of UNED.


The ALPE consortium is comprised of the following organisations:

Indra is Spain's leading IT solutions provider and consultancy company. Indra co-ordinates the ALPE project and has been studying the Spanish market for accessibility services in collaboration with their academic partners.
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia is Spain's leading distance learning university. UNED, like the Open University in the UK is committed to supporting students with disabilities. UNED, in collaboration with all partners, has been exploring how to create an accessible e-learning environment, accessible learning material and, with Indra, studying the Spanish market for Accessibility in Spain.
Open University:
The OU provides the consortium with advice regarding the UK drawing on its history of supporting learners from all backgrounds.
PAB, the Pan-hellenic Association of the Blind, Greece, has had long experience of supporting people with disabilities.
MetisNet is a research and development company based in Athens which has subtantial experience with European Union projects. MetisNet is providing essential consulting services regarding the wider market for accessibility and has been consolidating market analysis efforts.