[Pibe-division] Fw: AFB Distance Learning Survey Results NowAvailable

Andy & Sally Thomas andysally at comcast.net
Tue Nov 18 11:28:34 CST 2008


AFB Distance Learning Survey Results Now AvailableActually, I found this terrifying.  My son's school can't even figure out how to use a scanner successfully.  How can we expect them to work on access or even consider access to these internet sites when the simple things are beyond them?

Sally Thomas
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Robert Jaquiss 
  To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 11:00 AM
  Subject: [Pibe-division] Fw: AFB Distance Learning Survey Results NowAvailable


  Hello:

       With all the distance education going on, I thought the following might be of interest. Hope this is useful.

  Regards,

  Robert Jaquiss


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: AFB DirectConnect 
  To: AFB Subscriber 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 9:35 AM
  Subject: AFB Distance Learning Survey Results Now Available


          

            
        


  AFB Distance Learning Survey Results Now Available


  More and more schools, colleges and universities are using online educational tools that students are required to use to obtain course syllabi, access lectures and associated material, participate in class discussions, read course material, and receive grades and feedback from instructors. These popular tools, such as Blackboard, can frequently pose significant barriers to students with vision loss because they do not work well, if at all, with computer programs commonly used by students who are blind or visually impaired to access content displayed on the computer screen.

  AFB explored ways in which popular online educational tools can be made more accessible with the help of nearly 100 individuals who recently completed our online survey. The results are now available! Findings indicated the most important and necessary features of online educational tools present significant problems for those using assistive technology such as screen reading or screen magnification software. In nearly every instance, respondents indicated features that were inaccessible. To read the full report, go to www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=3&TopicID=377&DocumentID=4492. 



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