CyTSE 2011 Cyberlearning Tools for MathematicsPresentation Transcript
Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education Conference 2011 Join the online discussion backchannel for this session at: www.cyberlearningSTEM.org/sessions Cyberlearning Tools for Mathematics: Addressing Accessibility
Cyberlearning Tools for Mathematics:Addressing Accessibility Lila F. Roberts, Clayton State University
Many GREAT Sites Have Accessibility Issues 2008 MERLOT Classics Award in Mathematics Exemplary Online Materials for Mathematics Teaching Demos with Positive Impact—http://www.mathdemos.org/mathdemos
Many GREAT Sites Have Accessibility Issues
It’s the LAW: Website accessibility is not optional. Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act was designed to remove barriers in information technology for those who have disabilities. (Applies to IT developed or purchased by Federal Agencies) Why Worry?
The DoJ is considering expansion of the regulations to “establish specific requirements for State & Local governments and public accommodations to make websites accessible to individuals with disabilities.” --http://www.ada.gov/anprm2010/factsht_web_anrpm_2010.htm Why Worry?
Many institutions are currently in the process of ensuring compliance with ADA web site accessibility standards. --excerpt from Los Angeles Pierce College Web Site Accessibility Statement “Accessibility guidelines state that all items required in a course syllabus are accessible. Any website that is required for course work must also be compliant.” http://126.96.36.199/offices/compliance/adacomp.asp Why Worry? It’s the RIGHT thing to do.
Challenges in getting Math on the Web Mathematical Symbols (no universal browser support for MathML) Interactive Web Materials (most materials use scripts, which are not keyboard accessible) Video and other Multimedia Objects (most video animations do not have alternatives and/or captions/transcripts) Graphics objects (many are in formats that do not scale nicely—no universal browser support)
An NSF-funded project to adapt calculus materials from Demos with Positive Impact so that they are more accessible to individuals who have mild visual or aural disabilities Primary Goal: Incorporate accessibility best practices into web site, including captioning animations and videos. Broader Impact—Beyond Section 508: Adapt materials to be accessible for mobile devices such as iPad and Android devices, and to provide multi-lingual accessibility via caption tracks in video animations. Accessible Calculus
YouTubeGo To Website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sAcxI9G4ZE&feature=player_embedded
Mathematics on the Web
Interactive Graphics Tool Go to Website
GuidelinesW3C Web Accessibility Initiative: http://www.w3.org/WAI/W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0): http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/WebAIM: Web Accessibility in Mind: http://webaim.org/Accessibility CheckersWeb Accessibility Checker: http://achecker.ca/checker/Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE):http://wave.webaim.org/Web Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar for Firefox:https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/accessibility-evaluation-toolb/Cynthia Says: http://www.cynthiasays.com/ Resources for Accessible Design
Captioning Tools Captioning: From Techsmith (http://www.techsmith.com) Camtasia Studio (for Windows) Camtasia for Mac From Automatic Sync Technology CamptionSync Automated Closed Captions (http://www.automaticsync.com/captionsync/) --Human Transcribers, Spanish Language Captions, Automatically generated captions if transcript provided
Math on the Web Accessible Math on the Web MathJax: http://www.mathjax.org Need help with MathML or LaTeX? Design Science MathType: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/default.htm Display MathML in Internet Explorer: Design Science: MathPlayer: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/ Make Math More Accessible Design Science: MathDaisy: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathdaisy/