Web-Based Teaching and Learning for Blind and Visually Impaired Faculty

Web-Based Teaching and Learning for Blind and Visually Impaired Faculty

Maggie Lynch (Portland State University, USA) and Patti DeWitz (Portland State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-107-0.ch007
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Abstract

Currently, 24% of the population has experienced significant vision loss. Though there has been some progress on developing accessible Web pages, there has been little work on providing Web page development accessibility to visually-impaired faculty. This chapter presents a study designed to assist educational organizations with blind or visually-impaired (BVI) faculty in the development of online courses and in the teaching of those same courses. The study used the tools of interview, usability analysis, and experimentation. Issues discussed include software accessibility, college or university support requirements, motivational factors, instructor skill levels, and strategies for working with BVI faculty. The findings and recommendations are specific to the WebCT environment, but some of the strategies may be generalized to other similar environments. The article ends with a discussion of major technology initiatives currently underway.

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