Moodle moot 2011 v3ppt final

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Moodle moot 2011 v3ppt final

  1. 1. Blind,Deafblind and Nancy Friday from the AlphaPlus Centre, Toronto,Partially Ontario www.alphaplus.caSighted Adult nfriday@alphaplus.caLearners Use Lee Garrett from CNIB Literacy Program forMoodle in Deafblind Adults Hamilton, Ontario: SpecialistOntario Deafblind Literacy www.cnib.ca Lee.Garrett@cnib.ca
  2. 2. MoodleAgenda• Introduce our target audience and need for distance learning• Customization of our Moodle site• Course development considerations• Course delivery• Challenges• Research• What we need from the Moodle community• Our needs moving forward
  3. 3. MoodlePartnership Nancy Friday Lee GarrettAlphaPlus provides The CNIB Literacyexpertise to support Program for Deafblindadult educators in Adults providesOntario in their use of individualized Literacyinnovative learning and Basic Skillstechnologies – what to instruction foruse, how and when deafblind adults
  4. 4. MoodleAdult literacy• Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 struggle with low literacy (that’s 9 million people!)• Low literacy levels are tied to lower rates of employment, lower Economic status, lower physical and mental health status and lower levels of civic and community involvement• The Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities funds Literacy and Basic Skills programs under the Employment Ontario Umbrella of Services• Programs serve adults learners from basic level to GED prep level with goals of Employment, Further Education & Greater Personal Independence
  5. 5. MoodleProgram ParticipantsAdults who lack the necessary Literacy and Basic skillsnecessary to be fully independent, seek or maintainemployment or participate in further education and training Blind: with no useable vision – Require sight substitution technology – may or may not be braille users Deaf blind: combined vision and hearing loss - Require different types of communication methods - May have: congenital deafness with acquired blindness, congenital blindness with acquired deafness; congenital deafblindess or acquired deafblindness Partially Sighted: have some useable vision - Require sight enhancement technology such as Zoom Text or other screen readers
  6. 6. MoodleCNIB MissionOur missions is to enhance independencefor Canadians who are blind, deafblind orpartially sighted and to be the leader inpromoting vision health.The CNIB, recognizes the specializedliteracy needs of deafblind clients andtheir limited access to communityprograms. A Literacy Programspecifically for Deafblind Adults wasestablished in 1986 and an accessibleMoodle site in 2010.
  7. 7. MoodleThe CNIB Literacy Programfor Deafblind Adults• 5 sites across Ontario (London, Hamilton, Brantford, Toronto & Ottawa)• The only English Literacy Program of it’s kind in Canada (and 1 of only3 in the world)• Supports Adult learners pursuing goals of Greater PersonalIndependence, Employment or Further Education• Provides individualized literacy instruction to deafblind adults in eachlearners preferred method of communication• Has specialized technology and instructors who are knowledgeable inoperating and teaching with low vision devices• Program is free of charge to students
  8. 8. MoodleNeed for distance learning• Only 5 physical classrooms across the entire province of Ontario• All located in major cities• Distances from their home to the program can be more than 50 km• Many Rural learners• Many learners don’t have private transportation (don’t drive)• May live in areas without ready access to public transportation• Disabled transit is limited in providing flexible scheduling• Many have mobility issues and can’t travel unattended Quality Distance or “E-channel Learning” may be their only option for enhancing their knowledge and skills
  9. 9. MoodleMoodle training•AlphaPlus offers 2 levels of Moodle training to Ontario Deaf,Aboriginal, Francophone and Anglo educators funded by MTCU•MTCU provided special project funding to develop and makeavailable online The Deafblind Curriculum Framework•Moodle training required development and delivery of a 3-weekMoodle course and Lee developed her course on one of theDeafblind Curriculum topics: Manage Health Needs•AlphaPlus’ Moodle course site didn’t meet specific needs ofDeafblind students•AlphaPlus worked with Lee to develop a Moodle site to meetaudience needs and Lambda Canadian Moodle partner for thecustomization expertise
  10. 10. http://cnib.alphaplus.caSite Development
  11. 11. http://cnib.alphaplus.caSite Development
  12. 12. http://cnib.alphaplus.caSite Development• 11 course categories• Lambda customization• Category summaries of text + image used• Defined category borders• Importance of images• Importance of alternate image text for screen reader
  13. 13. MoodleCourse Titles: accessibility info.
  14. 14. MoodleCourse Development - theme
  15. 15. MoodleCourse Development - theme
  16. 16. MoodleCourse Delivery - Glossary
  17. 17. MoodleCourse Delivery Challenges1. Live Chat pop-up screen• Individuals requiring sight substitution technology use a program called JAWS – a screen reading software• JAWS is unable to access the pop up screen in the live chat feature
  18. 18. Moodle Course Delivery Challenges 2. Video blogs• Partially sighted sign language users need to communicate through a video blog• What is the best technology for this?• Resolution quality & display size• Speed control for the video – slow it down for greater clarity
  19. 19. MoodleCourse Delivery Challenge3. Video Speed Control• Low vision sign language users need to be able to slow down the speed of video materials in order to read the signs clearly• Low vision sign language users could benefit from a feature which allows any video components to be enlarged to full screen while maintaining a high quality resolution
  20. 20. MoodleOther Challenges Ahead• We haven’t updated to Moodle 2.0 yet • What will happen to our customizations? • Will the CNWL theme be compatible? • Will the Accessibility block plug-in work?• Will software programs like enounce that enables users to slow down video work with Moodle?
  21. 21. MoodleResearch found• CANnect Report Sept 2009 http://www.cannect.org/testing-moodle.html• EU4All Open University has been using Moodle since 2006 and uses content personalization to make Moodle courses accessible to students http://www.eu4all-project.eu/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWXPfFgivZk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
  22. 22. Moodle Needs from Moodle• Blind and Deafblind Forum separate from Accessibility Forum• Incorporation of Video blogs• Larger Resource and Activity icons with clear resolution and can be size adjusted• 3 ring binder format for Book resource set up
  23. 23. Moodle Our Needs• We would like to connect with others serving this user group?• We would love to share access to Deaf and Deafblind Moodle sites• We would love to work with Moodle developers interested in this user group• We would love to access Moodle resource and activity icons that are a larger with high resolution
  24. 24. MoodleQuestions or Comments ? ? ? ? ?

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