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Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Online Courses

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A FAST Team Presentation
Accommodating Students with
Disabilities in Online Courses
Presenter: David Wood
Presentation Agenda
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Types of Disabilities and how they can be accommodated.
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Technologies that students with disabilities use.
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Why requests are made for extra time on tests.
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Accessibility vs. Usability in web and online course design.
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Tips for eCampus Accessible Design (Alt Tags, Test Selection, Discussion Board vs Blog)
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Video Closed Captioning Options (Transcript, Camtasia vs Autmomatic Sync).
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Accessibility Update on MyMathLab.
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Use of Social Networking and Presentation Sites (FB, Twitter, Pow Tunes, Prezi)
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Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker (PowerPoint Tips-benefits of using notes area)
Types of Disabilities
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Blind and/or Deaf
Paralysis, Mobility Impaired
Learning Disabilities (ADHD, Dyslexia)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Recent events: war (returning vets), motorcycle wrecks
Assistive Technology Overview
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JAWS Screen Reader, NVDA (FREE!)
MAGic Screen Magnifier
OpenBook, Kurzweil 1000
WYNN, Kurzweil 3000
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Track Balls, Puffer Switches, Eye Gaze
Advantages of Distance Learning
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Education from the comfort of your home
No need for blind to arrange transportation
More comfortable for persons with PTSD
Accessibility vs. Usability
Accessibility:
Able to access all content and services.
(alt tags, color blind, closed captioning, transcripts, etc.)
Usability:
Easy to learn, quick to use, easy to navigate.
Example of a GOOD website
Example of a W3C Validation (Good)
Example of a BAD website
Example of a W3C Validation (Bad)
eCampus (Adding Alt Text)
Table Headers (Columns & Rows)
Closed Captioning and Transcripts
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Used by persons who are blind or deaf
Costly and time consuming
Most YouTube videos do not have CC
TV and Internet have different formats
DIY (ex. Camtasia) vs. Paying for service
Automatic Sync: www.automaticsync.com
Camtasia (Closed Captioning)
Math and Accessibility
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Difficult to accommodate for screen readers
Math Markup Language (MathML)
Firefox has a free editor, FireMath
Not Accessible:
Accessible (with alt tag):
alt=“X equals negative b, plus or minus the square root of B
squared minus four times A times C all divided by two times A”
MyMathLab
Use of Social Networking Sites
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Good for connecting with students
Comfortable for students with PTSD
However, not necessarily accessible
Chat programs especially difficult for blind
Twitter access: www.accessibletwitter.com
Microsoft Word 2010 (Accessibility Checker)
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Latest version has an accessibility checker.
File > Check for Issues > Check Accessibility
May have issues if saved with older version.
Try copy and paste into a new file.
Always use headings and styles.
Thank You! Any Questions?
David R. Wood
Email: fast@dcccd.edu
Office: 972.669.6661
Web: online.dcccd.edu
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