Inclusion in an Electronic Classroom: Courseware Design and Implementation

Inclusion in an Electronic Classroom: Courseware Design and Implementation

Robert Luke (University of Toronto, Canada) and Laurie Harrison (University of Toronto, Canada)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-107-0.ch006
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Abstract

Providing educational opportunities within online environments, while beneficial, also has the potential to exclude a significant portion of the population.  Those who are learning and physically disabled may be prevented from accessing online learning environments due to problems in the design of the technology, as well as with the pedagogy directing the use of this technology. Inclusion in an Electronic Classroom was funded by the Office of Learning Technologies (OLT) and examined accessibility within various courseware platforms in order to better assess both the technological and pedagogical issues associated with the general educational shift toward providing learning opportunities within online learning networks.2 This paper presents a summary of the results of this study alongside recommendations for ensuring equitable access within online, courseware-enabled, networked learning.  The study data are placed within a framework that examines the technical and pedagogical ramifications of accessibility issues and online learning environments, specifically, courseware environments currently used in today’s online educational market. The findings are compared with the associated guidelines and checkpoints in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and provide a useful framework for consideration of the current challenges and the opportunities at hand for courseware authoring tool developers.3

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Mary Hricko
Dedication
Chapter 1
Holly Yu
Through a series of federal and state laws and standards, the legal foundation concerning Web accessibility that impact people with disabilities and... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility and the Law: Issues in Implementation
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Chapter 2
Mary Hricko
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act mandates that federal agencies must ensure the provision of accessible electronic and information technology.... Sample PDF
Understanding Section 508 and Its Implications for Distance Education
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Chapter 3
Barbara A. Frey, Ashli Molinero, Ellen R. Cohn
This chapter addresses the current status of Web accessibility and usability in higher education. As post secondary institutions strive to expand... Sample PDF
Strategies to Increase Web Accessibility and Usability in Higher Education
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Chapter 4
Jody Condit Fagan
Providing a text-only version of a Web site is one way that Web developers can meet the accessibility guidelines suggested by the World Wide Web... Sample PDF
Text-Only Alternatives: Are They Right for Your Site?
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Chapter 5
Sheryl Burghstahler
Web-based distance learning programs promise learning options anywhere, anytime, to anyone. However, some individuals with disabilities are locked... Sample PDF
Web-Based Distance Learning and the Second Digital Divide
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Chapter 6
Robert Luke, Laurie Harrison
Providing educational opportunities within online environments, while beneficial, also has the potential to exclude a significant portion of the... Sample PDF
Inclusion in an Electronic Classroom: Courseware Design and Implementation
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Chapter 7
Maggie Lynch, Patti DeWitz
Currently, 24% of the population has experienced significant vision loss. Though there has been some progress on developing accessible Web pages... Sample PDF
Web-Based Teaching and Learning for Blind and Visually Impaired Faculty
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Chapter 8
Axel Schmetzke
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that library programs and services must be accessible to people with disabilities. In an era in... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools: 2002 Follow-Up Study
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Chapter 9
Amy Metcalfe
The number of students with disabilities who attend college is rising, which may be one of the many positive outcomes of the Americans with... Sample PDF
Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Web Accessibility in Higher Education: A Case Study
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Appendix A: Resources for Further Information
Appendix B: Selected Bibliography for Further Reading
Appendix C: Pull and Push: A Select Webibliography of Products Serving Section 508
Alice Bedard-Voorhees
About the Authors