“The extent to which products, systems, services, environments, or facilities can be used by people from a population with the widest range of capabilities to achieve specified goals in a specified context of use.”
Department of Justice & Department of Education ask colleges and universities to refrain from requiring inaccessible electronic readers (June, 2010)
Department of Justice announces plans to prepare new ADA regulations (July, 2010)
Websites as “public accommodations”
College web pages are ‘widely inaccessible' to people with disabilities according to UW study (August, 2010)
Time constraints and information overwhelm lead to student research strategy of “satisficing”.
Students attempt to develop domain knowledge before engaging scholarly research databases.
70% of students use Wikipedia to “background” a topic.
Students also use course materials and instructor to “get unstuck” at the outset of research.
Instructor’s written guidelines are crucial for defining information-gathering context for students’ research.
Most handouts do not provide critical guidance students need on how to identify a focus and how to use search tools effectively.
“ The need for context-sensitive presearch sources and coaching services appears to be in high demand. There is a need for solutions that logically bridge the early stages of research with the rest of the research process and deliver…efficiencies students expect.”