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Vancouver Aquarium. Exploring Pedagogical Practices at Emily Carr. On May 9th, 2013, the Neil Squire Society participated in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (new window).

Exploring Pedagogical Practices at Emily Carr

The focus of the day was to get people talking, thinking, and learning about digital (web, software, mobile) accessibility and users with different disabilities. They’ve also included a few resources that are part of the presentation and that may help answer some burning questions. These links are all free and will test and raise accessibility in your online environment. The webinar focused on the accessibility of an online learning management system called Moodle. For those of you who have not heard of Moodle, it is an open source e-learning management system used by schools and universities around the world. For more information please contact: Chad Leamanchadl@neilsquire.ca 604.473.9363 North Carolina State University recently published this webpage which highlights their exploration of Moodle 2.x’s accessibility.

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design. As a design process universal design does not suggest producing a one size-fits all product or service.

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

Rather it seeks to encourage the development of ICTS that are usable and accessible to the widest range of people. The interfaces to ICTS, in particular application software and websites, have the potential to offer high levels of flexibility of use to the user than can be easily achieved within building or product design. The following examples show the flexibility that ICT interfaces have to meet a person’s specific requirements. Universal design is about good design and is most achievable through integrating closely with tried and trusted development methodologies. In common with the design of buildings or consumer goods, a universal design approach requires the use of a few key techniques. In general a user-centred design approach is required to prioritise the requirements of the end user. The following section contain UDRS on products and services under the headings: Standards. Universal instructional design principles for Moodle. Tanya Elias Athabasca University, Canada Abstract The paper identifies a set of universal instructional design (UID) principles appropriate to distance education (DE) and tailored to the needs of instructional designers and instructors teaching online.

Universal instructional design principles for Moodle

These principles are then used to assess the accessibility level of a sample online course and the availability of options in its LMS platform (Moodle) to increase course accessibility. Numerous accessibility-sensitive plug-in modules are found to be available to Moodle users, though relatively few features were included in the sample course analysed. This may be because they have not been made available to instructors at the institutional level. Keywords: Universal instructional design; distance education; learning management systems; Moodle Universal Instructional Design Principles and Distance Education DE students may face a variety of physical, learning, psychological, visual, and hearing challenges (Moisey, 2004).

Equitable use. UVictoria UID Book 2009. Publication - Universal Instructional Design University of Toronto Scarborough 2004. UofGuelph Universal Instructional Design 2002-2003. JISC Celebrating Twelve Years of Inclusion Technology Advice. You might have heard that, due to a reshape of Jisc’s customer services, Jisc TechDis will no longer operate as a distinct, separate service from 1 January 2015.

JISC Celebrating Twelve Years of Inclusion Technology Advice

Jisc are still committed to accessibility and inclusion, and you will still be able to get expert advice and guidance on inclusion and technology from them. Whilst we are sad to be closing, we’re really pleased with what we have achieved over the past 12 years and we’d like to share some of our highlights with you. There are resources that we’re really proud of, focussing on how to use everyday technologies in a way that makes a big difference to disabled staff and students. We’ve covered the accessibility features in Windows, web accessibility, creating accessible documents and presentations and mobile learning. As technology has changed, we’ve added resources for mobile devices, and looked at the benefits of free and open source software.

We’ve been involved in some fantastic and meaningful projects.