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Alistair McNaught - JISC TechDis

Alistair McNaught - JISC TechDis
Right to Read Campaign
AccessAbility 2010
September 21 2010

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    Right to-read Right to-read Presentation Transcript

    • Access to information The ‘Right to Read’ Campaign and alternative format development
    • Cautionary tales - 1 The zealous support tutor
    • Three days Three minutes
    • Cautionary tales - 2 The curse of specialism
      • Network manager – I’d tweak system settings if I knew it was worth it.
      • Teacher – I’d change the pedagogy if I knew it would make a difference.
      • Librarian – I’d signpost other resources if I knew what you needed.
      • E-learning manager – I’d use show you these tools if I knew how they’d help.
      • LSA/DO – I’d use more technologies if I knew what could help.
      • Learner – I do it this way because no-one showed me any better. For example..
    • Alternative approaches
      • Teacher – “I teach photosynthesis using chapter 3 of the text book”
      • LSA/DO – “I scan chapter 3 and put it into a Word document. If required I enlarge/describe the images”
      • Librarian “I get the PDF of the book from the publisher”
      • E-learning advisor – “I’d look for ………..
    • ..alternative resources
      • Photosynthesis images – 795,000
      • Photosynthesis videos – 209,000
      • Photosynthesis podcasts – 72,200
      • Photosynthesis PDFs – 12,500
      • Photosynthesis PowerPoints - 182
      • Photosynthesis Flash files - 235
      • Tutor (questioningly)..do I need chapter 3?
      Learner (questioningly)..do I tutor?
      • <5% of books make large print/audio etc
      • All books since 2000 have a PDF version as standard production process.
      • Sample of 50 FE library staff (2009) – less than 20% had obtained PDF for learner.
      • RNIB – 1000 / yr
      • Kindle – 450,000
      • Copyright free e-books – 1,800,000
    • The future is digital – what’s the problem?
    • Tutor Support staff Library User Communicating needs Communicating options AT types and issues System options and workarounds Accessibility of underlying format Accessibility of e-book reader Accessibility of Library platform PDF, EPUB Login, search, browse, cut/paste, keyboard access, AT access. Magnify, reflow, keyboard access, AT access. Industry
    • Right to Read Alliance Key strategies of the e-book working group
    • Key messages
      • For industry
      • Print impairment = pan disability
      • Good for disabled = good for all
      • Accessibility optimised ~ Mobile optimised
      • For users
      • Know what’s available
      • Know how to use it
    • User awareness
      • JISC TechDis - www.techdis.ac.uk/getebooks ; www.techdis.ac.uk/getaltformat www.publisherlookup.org.uk
    • User awareness
      • RNIB – www.rnib.org.uk/ebooks
    • User awareness
      • CALL Scotland / Books for All – www.booksforall.org.uk
    • Industry awareness
      • Publisher Lookup Awards:
      • Joint statement on Text to Speech
      • Direct engagement with publishers, distributors and manufacturers.
    • Research
    • Tutor Support staff Library User Communicating needs Communicating options AT types and issues System options and workarounds Accessibility of underlying format Accessibility of e-book reader Accessibility of Library platform PDF, EPUB Login, search, browse, cut/paste, keyboard access, AT access. Magnify, reflow, keyboard access, AT access. Industry
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