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Presentation of WIDE project, University of Teesside, 25 January 2011

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  1. 1. Widgets for Inclusive Distributed Environments Elaine Pearson,Voula Gkatzidou, Steve, Green, Franck Perrin Accessibility Research Centre Teesside University, UK
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Partners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teesside University, TechDis, Portland College </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aims </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To use a community based approach to make elearning resources accessible and inclusive to disabled students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rationale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To meet the needs of students with diverse needs to create an environment suitable for all students regardless of how and where they access their learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suite of bespoke W3C standard widgets (Wookie)hosted on repository, supported by wiki with accompanying learning designs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>experience of CoP approach </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Agile development methodology (Community of Practice approach) </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop experience </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul>
  4. 4. Agile development methodology <ul><li>Lightweight approach suitable for collaborative project </li></ul><ul><li>Based on iterative and incremental development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Involved community of practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff involved directly in teaching or support of disabled students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Informal team approach: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designs formulated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>workshop) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specification outlined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(designs classified and prioritised, additional content identified) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prototypes developed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ARC developers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback illicited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>designers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amendments made </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widget released for evaluation, use, adaptation </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Workshops <ul><li>Pre workshop training event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project partners, accessibility advisors, techical experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback on methodology, identify existing work, discuss technical issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three workshops (York, Mansfield, Teesside) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants from established user communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facilitated by project team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics, researchers, developers, accessibility experts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning designs produced </li></ul><ul><ul><li>based on previous JISC Design for Learning project </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Workshops process <ul><li>Pre workshop training event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project partners, accessibility advisors, technical experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback on methodology, identify existing work, discuss technical issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three workshops (York, Mansfield, Teesside) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants from established user communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facilitated by project team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics, researchers, developers, accessibility experts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workshop based on previous JISC Design for Learning project </li></ul>
  7. 7. Strengths <ul><ul><li>Workshops produced more ideas than we expected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CoP worked – feedback from everyone we’ve contacted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wookie as a development platform worked well in most cases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managed to develop (still ongoing) all but two of the designs: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pronounce it and Spell it – because need APIs that so far we have not found for free </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Limitations <ul><ul><li>Timescale too short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too ambitious in estimated development time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need another design stage between workshop and development to confirm requirements specification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some designs not clear </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes extra content required </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial feedback good but need time for through evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Widgets for Inclusive Distributed Environments Elaine Pearson,Voula Gkatzidou, Steve, Green, Franck Perrin Accessibility Research Centre Teesside University, UK

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