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Presentation made in Second Life on March 12, 2010 by Virtual Ability, Inc.

Presentation made in Second Life on March 12, 2010 by Virtual Ability, Inc.

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  • Making SL-based Coursework Accessible for All Students and Instructors
    Ann Ludwig (Eme Capalini)
    Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron)
    Virtual Ability, Inc.
    As presented in Second Life® on March 12, 2010
    The text of this presentation can be found here:
    http://virtualability.org/PresentationMar122010.aspx
  • Outcomes
    Awareness of the importance of creating accessible learning spaces.
    Awareness of 3 forms of accessibility of learning spaces.
    Comparison of three approaches to accessible design of virtual learning spaces.
    Understanding of educational issues related to 4 main types of impairments.
  • 3 Kinds of Accessibility
    Accessibility to the space
    Accessibility of the space
    Accessibility within the space
  • VOTING
    Please type into Local Chat:
    +1 if you agree
    0 if it doesn’t matter one way or the other
    -1 if you disagree
    Could virtual learning spaces help more people with disabilities become educated?
  • A Level Playing Field?
  • Impairments Most Difficult in a Virtual Educational Setting
    Keyboard/mouse impairments
    Hearing/speech impairments
    Print impairments
  • Possible Causes of Keyboard/Mouse Impairment
    Paralysis
    Amputation
    Neurological disease
    Degeneration
    Blindness
  • Possible Causes of Hearing/Speech Impairment
    Aging
    Deafness
    Accident or injury
    Neurological diseases
  • Possible Causes of Print Impairment
    Aging
    Visual impairment
    Blindness
    Dyslexia
    Second Language
  • Self-Identity
  • Accessibility to the Learning Space
  • Access To RL Learning Spaces
    ADA Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm
    Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards http://www.access-board.gov/ufas/ufas-html/ufas.htm
    Fair Housing Act http://www.fairhousingfirst.org/fairhousing/requirements.html
  • Access To Online Learning Spaces
    Section 508 www.section508.gov
    Title II of the ADA http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/chap5toolkit.htm
    Web Accessibility Initiative http://www.w3.org/WAI/
  • Assistive Technology for Keyboard/Mouse Impairment
    Alternative keyboard or mouse
    Speech recognition software
  • Assistive Technology for Hearing/Speech Impairment
    GUI to provide print cues
    Closed captioning
    Sign interpretation
    CART
  • Print Impairments
  • Assistive Technology for Print Impairment
    Screen magnifiers
    Screen readers
    Modify GUI
  • Accessibility of the Learning Space
  • Accessibility of the Learning Space
  • 3 Approaches to Accessibility of the Learning Space
    Minimal consideration
    Emulate real life accessibility
    Universal Design of Virtual Worlds
  • PAIR/SHARE
    Please turn to your neighbor.
    In IM, please answer this question to each other.
    Choose one answer to be shared in Local Chat.
    Think of different educational activities in which each of these three kinds of approaches would be appropriate.
  • Accessibility Within the Learning Space
  • Consider Impairments Critical to Virtual World Functioning
  • Print Impairment Issues in Virtual Learning Spaces
    Readability
    Non-visual formats
    Name objects
    Provide functional assistive technology
    Be aware of limitations of assistive technology
  • Hearing/Speech Impairment Issues in Virtual Learning Spaces
    Voice
    Sound signals
    Transcription
    ASL as primary language
  • Keyboard/Mouse Impairment Issues in Virtual Learning Spaces
    Movement
    Seating
  • OPEN RESPONSE
    Please type your short response into Local Chat.
    What is the most important consideration you personally need to include in your virtual educational environment planning?
  • Thank you!
    Please pick up notecards from the poster to your left beside the presenters.
    Feel free to contact us at info@virtualability.org