Category: Accessibility

Teach and Learn Online: Lawsuit against WebCT … it's inaccessible.

Teach and Learn Online: Lawsuit forces Web2 learning strategies A Masters Student in the US has taken his college to court, claiming that WebCT was inaccessible for him, and that it caused him to perform below his best. The Chronicle of Higher Education, which reported on the case, also discusses the difficulty that Web designers…

Web Accessibility Toolbar

Accessible Information Solutions have developed a “Web Accessibility Toolbar” Very useful! I was pointed to this at the HEA conference – and, though it has a slight drawback in that it’s designed for IE, and not firefox, it is useful – and should hopefully make it easier for students to check accessibility of their sites….

Low-Literacy Users (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Low-Literacy Users (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox) In many ways, this article is pointing out the obvious – at least, to anyone who is used to working with anyone with low literacy skills. Whereas earlier research suggested that most readers skim a web page, the research was carried out with highly literate testers. For low literate users,…

Skills for Access : The Comprehensive Guide to Creating Accessible Multimedia for e-learning

Skills for Access : The Comprehensive Guide to Creating Accessible Multimedia for e-learning Title says all, really! Focusses though on the “How to” and has case studies, rather than just being “you musts”….

Web Accessibility Resource Planner

Web Accessibility Resource Planner WebAim, a sote focussing on accessibility have now put together WARP. This is an area where, as a teacher, you can put together a set of resources for students about accessibility. While they give you a template (it ends up looking rather forumlaic), there is the option to either create your…

Fangs

Fangs is a Firefox extension that will let you see a visual representation of a web page – structured as a screen reader for visually impaired users would hear the information. It’s still in beta, so there are a few issues. It’s a lot cheaper than buying JAWS, the most used screen reader, but it…

Student Diaries

Student Diaries The BBC are starting a year long (well, 9 months in reality) look at the diaries of disabled students starting university. They are each giving a diary entry weekly, about life as a disabled student.They have a range of disabilities – and equally a range of needs. Given that SENDA now requires educational…

Sign Language Awareness Week

It’s Sign Language Awareness Week this week, and the BBC have got a page about it. As usual with the BBC, they have quite a few pages, not always linked to in the most logical way, so another page provides a set of useful links, including one to DeafSign, which has a rather nice “translator”…