Monthly Archives: October 2010

30 Days in a Wheelchair

ADA 20th Anniversary 1990-2010
I am a big fan of Morgan Spurlock‘s show “30 Days” and when I saw what episode 2 of season 3 was about, I was quite pleased he decided to tackle the topic. No better time to watch this episode than now, celebrating 20 years of the ADA. This is a great episode to show high school students, a real eye-opener.
IMDb: 30 Days in a Wheelchair (2008)
IMBd Video 30 Days

UD / UDI / UDL Resources

UDL expressed with nouns and verbs An incredible video “The Machine is Us/ing Us” by Dr. Michael Wesch of Kansas State University showing the change in written text to a digital text world, where content markups/manipulations are almost endless, and accessible to all immediately.

How do you do UDL with no technology?

Better Learning by Design Conference 2010 blog has many of the full presentations I’ve seen over the past three days and resources available for download

Principles of UDL: Multiple Means of Representation "WHAT" Multiple Means of Expression "HOW" Multiple Means of Engagement "WHY"

Principles of UDL

Webspiration: Online Visual Thinking Tool Combine the Power of Visual Thinking and Outlining to Enhance Thinking, Learning
and Collaboration

MindMeister: Collaborative Online Mind Mapping MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other’s changes as they happen.

Irlen Syndrome – A Common Print Disability

A great, low-tech, inexpensive way to improve your reading is to use color overlays.

Irlen Syndrome, formerly known as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS), is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardized educational or medical tests.

Colored Overlays can help

* Improve print clarity and stability
* Reduce strain and fatigue
* Eliminate headaches
* Improve comprehension
* Tracking and keeping your place while reading
* Make reading faster
* Allow you to read longer and with comfort

View Sample Distortions

Self Tests

Web Content Accessibility Resources

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Assistive Technologies and Adaptive Strategies

Scenarios of People with Disabilities Using the Web

Essential Components of Web Accessibility with good graphics showing connections

Building Accessible Websites’: A new book on Web accessibility by Joe Clark

Section 508

LMS Accessibility Design Considerations

Common Accessibility Issues with Learning Management Systems

Community College Web Accessibility Resources

Moodle Accessibility

Websites built with accessibility in mind are flexible in meeting different user needs, preferences and situations. Though these methods can increase usability for everyone who uses the web they are often legally required to be implemented in a specific effort to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities.

What’s the difference between usability and accessibility?

“Usability is a term used to denote the ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal. Usability can also refer to the methods of measuring usability and the study of the principles behind an object’s perceived efficiency or elegance.”

Moodle Accessibility Specification Codex Accessibility

Accessibility in web page design means creating a web page design that anyone can use. Remember that now even cell phones and handheld computers access websites, and it is approximated that 25% of all Internet users are physically impaired in some way, and they also need access to web pages. Codex Accessibility

Accesskeys: Unlocking Hidden Navigation

Accesskey standards

UDL Model Demonstration Project

The EnACT grant website home distinguishes itself as a model demonstration project in that it provides new and beginning faculty with a comprehensive model of professional development that focuses on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

The site includes information about upcoming events, UDL resources and Accessible Instructional Media (AIMS), and information about free Webinars.

Blended / Hybrid College Learning Experiences

Enriching Student Experiences Through Blended Learning

Defining the Role of the Instructional Technologist in Higher Education
Many colleges and universities have begun to hire Instructional Technologists. The role, qualifications, and responsibilities of the Instructional Technologist are often ill-defined.

Exploring the Advantages of Blended Instruction at Community Colleges and Technical Schools Given recent economic instability, attendance at community colleges and technical schools is expected to increase. While many community colleges and some technical institutes have embraced online education, others might benefit greatly from…