Archive for the ‘Accessibility’ Category

Survey of Tech in Education Finds Mixed Results

If you’re trying to hunt down research to justify the use of technology in the classroom or argue against it, a working paper may provide you with information you need. “Education Technology: An Evidence-Based Review,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), takes a global view in examining how technology can be used […]

Moodle Educational Experts Get A Lesson In Accessible, Universal Course Design

…The purpose of this course was to “develop skills in accessible, universal course design,” and a blog post by the Moodlefairy shares some of the key takeaways, most of which are likely to influence the upcoming versions of the Moodle MOOC, and maybe even Moodle itself. Moodle News

OverDrive’s Libby App to Include Remote Library Card Signup

OverDrive will soon launch a feature for its new Libby ebook and audiobook app that will enable new patrons to sign up for a library card using their smartphone or tablet, confirming residency without requiring a visit to a library branch, engineer Michael Haren announced during an August 4 presentation at Digipalooza, the company’s biennial […]

Insights for future assessment policy: Open access online higher education

This research offers recommendations for higher education online assessment policy and procedure design, which should improve learner satisfaction and help to reduce online student attrition. The study involves over 200 qualitative interviews to identify the main driver of student attrition in open access online tertiary education in Australia. The extent to which degree programme assessment […]

An evaluation of the accessibility of top-ranking university websites: Accessibility rates from 2005 to 2015

Accessibility evaluation is an important equity step in assessing effectiveness and usefulness of online learning materials for disabled students. With popular uptake of blended and online learning it is timely to evaluate the accessibility attained by universities in their websites and Learning Management Systems (LMS) .The present study considers this question for the period 2005 […]

Online assessment could improve math marks of deaf learners

Online mathematics assessment (OMA) could help improve the mathematics performance of deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in South Africa Phys.org

China: Research could suffer as internet controls tightened

Chinese internet restrictions, known as the ‘great firewall of China’, have often been an issue for Chinese academics who find their access to overseas research restricted. They have become more concerned as new internet controls – particularly on virtual private networks or VPNs, which circumvent national censorship of the internet – look set to be […]

Major Tech Companies Strive to Make Tools Accessible for Students

Adobe, Microsoft and Google all have designed features that could benefit those with disabilities at universities. EdTEch Focus on Higher Education 

Web accessibility and technology protection measures: Harmonizing the rights of persons with cognitive disabilities and copyright protections on the web

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) obligates State Parties to ensure full and equal access to the web for persons with disabilities. However, copyright law and policy sometimes poses challenges to realizing full and equal access to the web for persons with varying physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities. Recent […]

Bridging the digital divide for people with intellectual disability

Recent data from several studies and surveys confirm that our society has entered the digital and information age. Some authors mention that information and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential to enhance people’s power to act and promote equal citizen participation. These elements are particularly important for people living with intellectual disability (ID). However, it […]