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Awareness about accessibility issues and evolving solutions.
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Modern Web Accessibility - We have to stop FUD accessibility

Modern Web Accessibility - We have to stop FUD accessibility | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
3 day all-inclusive accessibility workshop, June 17th–19th, early bird 899€
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This blog by Eric Eggert advocates opening the lines of communication between the accessibility community and designers and developers.

 

Eric defines FUD as:

 

Fear: “You will be sued if your site isn’t accessible.”


Uncertainty: “You will have missed something in the process anyway, see my totally different example here!”

Doubt: “You don’t have enough knowledge anyway.”

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ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers"

ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers" | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Last week I attended the one-day conference "E-books and accessibility : ugly duckling or adolescent swan?" at Senate House in London. This was an excellent event organised by JISC TechDis, EDItEUR...

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, February 26, 2013 7:08 AM

An excellent article from ebooks@cambridge who provide a synopsis of the eBooks and Accessibiltiy event organised by @Jisc Techdis in February 2013. 

 

terrymc's curator insight, February 27, 2013 5:54 AM

I'd like to discover more case studies of this is practice in a range of disciplines, to hear how effective different appraoches are in context.

Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 27, 2013 12:45 PM
This is a wonderful article. I'd like to learn more. Scanning existing books for learners with disabilities is a first step in making content accessible. Hopefully eBook publishers will create books that are well designed visually, using space, images and semantic structure. And hopefully school budgets will see the advantage of purchasing these types of eBooks.
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Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website | Harrogate-News

Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website | Harrogate-News | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Henshaws College in Harrogate has launched an accessible version of YouTube, which was funded by Jisc through Jisc Advance. It allows people with learning difficulties and disabilities to use this mainstream technology independently.

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terrymc's curator insight, February 19, 2013 4:27 AM

This handy resource is ideal for users with low vision and/or dexterity problems.

terrymc's curator insight, February 19, 2013 4:29 AM

This handy resource is ideal for users with low vision and/or dexterity problems. It's also great for teaching, as its interface is clear throughout the room.

Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 26, 2013 12:00 PM
I tried it out and like the simple interface and large type...also large icons. It's probably also good for anyone who is a senior and has lost vision.
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How The Memory Works In Learning

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How The Memory Works In Learning: neuroscience, memory, cognition, judy willis
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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 11:42 AM
When my son was in junior high his school integrated language arts and science. The class went to the creek near the school and studied the creek bed and ecology. When they were there they wrote and illustrated poems about how they felt about this. It was a unique way to stimulate different parts of the brain and evoke "patterns, connections, and relationships that exist between new and old learning". This site would be helpful to anyone who is a teacher of children or adults.
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Piper's Dyslexia Story - Finding Passion TEDx

Piper faced her school struggles bravely, but found out what was really important was finding out what she loves doing - like organizing this TEDx conference, working, and creating art.

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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 11:45 AM
I loved watching this video and hearing about Piper's passion for art. Although it's a known fact that we all learn differently and have gifts to offer, many who fall into the "norm" range have no idea what others have to overcome just to connect with their path. Bravo Piper...and best wishes on your learning journey!
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How Adaptive Learning Technology Is Being Used in Online Courses | Edudemic

How Adaptive Learning Technology Is Being Used in Online Courses | Edudemic | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it

Internet learning is becoming quite popular. Distance education allows students a chance to learn their subjects at their leisure. Convenience is another of the benefits that is found with internet educational institutions. Adaptive learning is an essential component of distance learning.


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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 11:53 AM
Interesting...I have been aware of the idea of cognitive modeling but wasn't aware of how it is being used in software design...interpreting the cognitive abilities of students and delivering a "tailored" learning experience.
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Introduction - Inclusive Learning Design Handbook

Introduction - Inclusive Learning Design Handbook | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it

The Floe Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is a free Open Educational Resource (OER) designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating adaptable and personalizable educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs.


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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 11:58 AM
Floe stands for Flexible Learning for Open Education. Accessible design benefits everyone.
Klara Somogyi's curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:12 AM

guidelines for creating accessible content

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Finding your WAI to New Web Accessibility Resources

Finding your WAI to New Web Accessibility Resources | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:09 PM
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that works together to improve the World Wide Web for all users.
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Accessibility is part of UX (it isn’t a swear word) – Humanising Technology Blog

Accessibility is part of UX (it isn’t a swear word) – Humanising Technology Blog | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it

 Accessibility is a journey and that journey starts as soon as a UX practitioner first considers how a web page might be used, what it might contain, and how it might be presented.


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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:13 PM
If we design with accessibility in mind it will benefit all learners...those who use adaptive technology, those who learn differently, and also our aging population whose abilities are changing.
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WebPlatform.org — Your Web, documented

WebPlatform.org — Your Web, documented | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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A great resource that explains what accessibility is and why it is so important (could be used to educate a client). Also a place to find resource links on designing and developing accessible content. It was launched last year by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)—an international community working together to develop web standards.

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'I AM DYSLEXIC' short documentary

Follow Me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/ThomJDavies Humorous and tender stories told from the point of view of people who actually have dyslexia (not ...
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terrymc's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:09 PM

Why it is important to bear these issues in mind when technologies are used to deliver learning and teaching. These student can learn just like anyone else, they just need to have their difficulties understood.

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Read Bookshare Titles Online with Web Reader

Read Bookshare Titles Online with Web Reader | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf make its online library of 175,000 DAISY books more accessible to readers with print disabilities.

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Valerie Chernek's curator insight, February 25, 2013 4:01 PM

Great resource for kids with print disabilities, including dyslexia.

Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 26, 2013 11:55 AM
sounds great...especially for teachers
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Caption File - YouTube Help

Caption File - YouTube Help | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it

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Yin Wah Kreher's curator insight, February 13, 2013 9:48 AM

Captioning guide for YouTube videos

Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:37 PM
There are some good tips here about formatting and YouTube's support for captions and transcripts.
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Lighthouse International - Effective Color Contrast

Lighthouse International - Effective Color Contrast | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:39 PM
This site has some excellent information on using color and also some examples. Value matters when using colors next to one another.
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Learning about inclusive technologies through collaboration - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education

Learning about inclusive technologies through collaboration - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
There are all different ways of running a training day. One approach is to beat delegates into sub...

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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:50 PM
I had to look a couple of places before I realized that ICT meant Information and Communication Technologies. I could only find the acronym on the web page when I scanned it. This is a wonderful site about educational technology and more.
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WebAIM: Creating Accessible CSS - Using CSS to Your Advantage

WebAIM: Creating Accessible CSS - Using CSS to Your Advantage | Accessibility Awareness and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:51 PM
This web site is a wealth of resources for anyone designing accessible content.
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Inclusive Design Institute

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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:04 PM
The IDI is Canada’s first research hub focused on digital inclusion. This site is filled with wonderful resources about making information and communication systems (ITC) work for all users.
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Online Learning in the Social Era: Human, Connected, and Inclusive

Michelle Pacansky-Brock traces the possibilities the social era holds for transforming online learning.

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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 12:32 PM
This video emphasizes that relationships are important in the success of online learning. Social video technology adds more of a "human touch" to an online course. The narrator notes that layering videos with text supports students with cognitive learning disabilities. She also notes that the more informal ways of creating video and screenshots are more accessible to educators...which I think is true.