A Moodle course on accessibility

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Lecture presented at ICTP Workshop "New Trends for Science Dissemination" in Grignano, Trieste. 28 september, 2011

A Moodle course on accessibility, as a step towards the use of creativity in online courses, integration with other tools, creation of a community.

Course was designed and created by ASTRID group during the Master in E-Learning of Università della Tuscia and then adopted as a project to propose by Digital Co-Lab at Uhiversity of Parma.

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  • I was asked to talk about some Moodle features... \ntoday I focus upon some new interesting features of Moodle 2.1 and a project for a course about accessibility \n
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  • Project results from a project work carried out inside “Master on E-Learning” at Università della Tuscia by “ASTRID group”\nCo-Lab group recently decided to “adopt” the project and work on it to propose it as a project inside University of Parma and outside to those who are interested...\n
  • Project results from a project work carried out inside “Master on E-Learning” at Università della Tuscia by “ASTRID group”\nCo-Lab group recently decided to “adopt” the project and work on it to propose it as a project inside University of Parma and outside to those who are interested...\n
  • Project results from a project work carried out inside “Master on E-Learning” at Università della Tuscia by “ASTRID group”\nCo-Lab group recently decided to “adopt” the project and work on it to propose it as a project inside University of Parma and outside to those who are interested...\n
  • Project results from a project work carried out inside “Master on E-Learning” at Università della Tuscia by “ASTRID group”\nCo-Lab group recently decided to “adopt” the project and work on it to propose it as a project inside University of Parma and outside to those who are interested...\n
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  • on the same wavelength as broadmindedness and availability to different approaches necessary for a good communication!\nPractical activities: forum, blog, database, assignment\n
  • on the same wavelength as broadmindedness and availability to different approaches necessary for a good communication!\nPractical activities: forum, blog, database, assignment\n
  • on the same wavelength as broadmindedness and availability to different approaches necessary for a good communication!\nPractical activities: forum, blog, database, assignment\n
  • DIffusion of all kinds of knowledge diffusion must be accessible: \nIt is true that you do not have to confuse it with usability but in our opinion accessibility can also INCLUDE usability.\nIn many countries accessibility need has led to initiatives, laws and regulations \n
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  • It is true that you do not have to confuse it with usability but in our opinion accessibility can also INCLUDE usability.\nIn many countries accessibility need has led to initiatives, laws and regulations \n
  • Our course structure reflects this wideness\n
  • Actually we used Google Documents in a shared way, Skype or Google chat, Webinar rooms to meet.\nThat what I meant yesterday by PLE, open space to start from and choice of tools basing upon a specific context\n
  • This is the challenge.\nWe tried different templates and then chose one and modified CSS code\nThis must be done in case you import the course inside other Moodle instances.\n
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  • Youtube and Vimeo plugins displays videos hosted on youtube and Vimeo\nswf only used in trusted texts as it has potential security issues\nLegacy installed multimedia players\nThird party or contributed multimedia plugins\n\n
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  • Youtube and Vimeo plugins displays videos hosted on youtube and Vimeo\nswf only used in trusted texts as it has potential security issues\nLegacy installed multimedia players\nThird party or contributed multimedia plugins\n\n
  • to restrict the availability of any activity according to certain conditions such as dates, grade obtained, or activity completion.\n
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  • We present information as examples as often as we can and then learners have to apply it to reality and supply further examples in order to assess their knowledge.\nOften it is a matter of recognizing “BAD” practices\n
  • We talked about examples of a proper use of activities: Moodle database activity\n
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  • Doctor Divago\nplay on words with Dr. Zivago\nDivago means "I wander (from a subject)"\n
  • Doctor Divago\nplay on words with Dr. Zivago\nDivago means "I wander (from a subject)"\n
  • Doctor Divago\nplay on words with Dr. Zivago\nDivago means "I wander (from a subject)"\n
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  • Result = Flash item... not accessible\nBUT\nalternative for static help information\n
  • Result = Flash item... not accessible\nBUT\nalternative for static help information\n
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  • to present message ambiguity\n
  • to present message ambiguity\n
  • A real community can decide itself. People will decide how to go on. \nA facilitator or a group of VERY INTERESTED PEOPLE ?\n
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  • A Moodle course on accessibility

    1. 1. A Moodle course on accessibility, as a step towardsuse of creativity in online courses, integration with other tools, creation of a community Sara VallaWorkshop “New Trends for Science Dissemination” ICTP - Trieste - Italy - 26 to 28 September 2011
    2. 2. What will we talk about?• Accessibility for real UNDERSTANDING and KNOWLEDGE diffusion• Course project: source and brief history• Use of CREATIVITY, INTEGRATION with TOOLS and REPOSITORIES• Moodle 2.1 features that made it possible = 6 reasons to use Moodle 2.1• Creation of a community?
    3. 3. Project “history” Course
    4. 4. Project “history”January-June, 2011 Course Master in E-Learning
    5. 5. Project “history”January-June, 2011 Course Master in E-Learning Project work
    6. 6. Project “history”January-June, 2011 Course Master in E-Learning Project work ASTRID group
    7. 7. Project “history”January-June, 2011 Course Master in E-Learning Project work ASTRID group September, 2011
    8. 8. Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SAAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Course All materials WE created for the course
    9. 9. CourseWhich METHODdo you work with?
    10. 10. CourseWhich METHODdo you work with? PLURALITY and VARIETY: of tools and methods
    11. 11. Course VID EOWhich METHOD CTI VITY INT ERAdo you work with? M ICS BLOG CO PLURALITY and VARIETY: of tools and methods TEX T BASE DATA RUM FO
    12. 12. Course VID EO Which METHOD CTI VITY IN T ERA do you work with? M ICS BLOG CO PLURALITY and VARIETY: of tools and methods TEX T BASE DATA For PA in Italy it is a DUTY RUMwe want it to become a pleasure FO
    13. 13. Accessibility Accessibility ?➡ Does Science Dissemination also involve accessibility➡ What do you mean by accessibility in your experience and vision
    14. 14. Accessibilityhttp://colab.cce.unipr.it/accessibility.html
    15. 15. Accessibility http://colab.cce.unipr.it/accessibility.html Accessibility meaningAccessibility importance
    16. 16. Accessibility AccessibilityWe used a wide approach and considered a widemeaning for the word accessibility
    17. 17. Accessibility Accessibility We used a wide approach and considered a wide meaning for the word accessibilityavailable to as many people as possible
    18. 18. Modules Course1) regulations2) TEXT DOCUMENT accessibility3) (nearly) accessible PRESENTATIONS4) WEB accessibility5) VIDEO accessibility
    19. 19. Modules Course1) regulations2) TEXT DOCUMENT accessibility3) (nearly) accessible PRESENTATIONS4) WEB accessibility5) VIDEO accessibility WIDE meaning for the word “ACCESSIBILITY”
    20. 20. Moodle course• for project design and development• for course supply
    21. 21. a course on accessibilityshould be accessible Accessibility Course
    22. 22. 6 reasons (at least) to use Moodle 2.x for our project (but not only...) Moodle1. File management 4. New theme and shared management: repository system accessibility and CSS code from system2. Improved multimedia administration capabilities (plugins) 5. Conditional activities3. Easy menu management and 6. New (TyniMCE) HTML custom menu items editor
    23. 23. File Picker - Shared repository system file upload Moodle Add a resource File (COURSE) USER files Google Docs license Wikimedia management (images)Further documentation: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Repositories
    24. 24. Shared repository system MoodleVideo embedding Easy video and sound embedding YouTube
    25. 25. std. installed multimedia plugins YouTube Moodle Vimeo .mp3 - MPEG Audio Stream, Layer III .flv - Flash video .f4v - Flash video .ogg - HTML 5 audio .acc - HTML 5 audio .webm - HTML 5 video .m4v - HTML 5 video .ogv - HTML 5 video .swf - Macromedia Flash animation File (Adobe, Inc.)Further documentation: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Multimedia_plugins
    26. 26. Easy menu management and custom menu items Advanced Features - Appearance - Themes - Theme settings MoodleEach line consists of menu text,a link URL (optional)a tooltip title (optional),separated by pipe characters.You can specify a structure using hyphens.University of Parma|#-Unipr |http://www.unipr.itCo-lab (Digital Co-Laboratory)|#-Colab VLE|http://colab.cce.unipr.it/colab_lea--Moodle Docs|http://docs.moodle.org
    27. 27. New theme management: accessibility and CSS code from system Moodle Advanced Features Appearance Themes Theme name
    28. 28. New (TyniMCE) HTML editor Moodle Audio - Video Embedding Emoticons(must be enabled in Site Administration - Filters) Images Further documentation: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Multimedia_plugins
    29. 29. Conditional activities Moodle to restrict the availability of any activity according to certain conditions: • dates, • grade obtained • activity completion.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnRz9RQtaMg
    30. 30. COURSE
    31. 31. SCORM LO Creativity Integration
    32. 32. CreativityRealexamples ofnon accessiblecommunications
    33. 33. Creativity Practical exercise: “Tag the non accessible!Moodle activity: databaseUsers insert examples withcomments and explanation
    34. 34. Surveys Survey areas throughout the course path• Materials (judgement)• Further requests?• Assignment evaluation• Course perception• Are you having fun?• Do you feel like a blogger?
    35. 35. “Story” Characters Creativity Dr Divago io divago means "I wander (from a subject)” He is a bureaucrat He becomes elated by incomprehensible speeches and texts. He believes in the "old philosophy" of institutional language
    36. 36. Real examples CreativityNotices put up in a board,letters sent to the companypersonnel from a Director
    37. 37. “Story” Characters Creativity Simply She believes in comprehensible language and writing. She proposes good practices and a “translation” of messages
    38. 38. video examples Creativity Integration
    39. 39. Creativity Integration videos forassignments
    40. 40. Virtual tutor Creativity Integration Voki is a FREE service that lets you: ➡ Create customized speaking avatars. ➡ Add your voice to your Voki avatars. ➡ Embed your Voki into any blog and website
    41. 41. Comics Creativity+ cticious characters Integration
    42. 42. Creativity
    43. 43. Creativity Integration video creation with comics, characters imagesembedding
    44. 44. Creativity Integration video tutorials(Capture Video for subtitle creation, subtitle adding with YouTube)
    45. 45. COMMUNITY (of practice) CommunityWe already created a community throughcommunity of people PRACTICAL ACTIVITIESinterested in the topic and creation ofduring design...our INTERESTgroup! FORUM ? FACEBOOK GROUP? OTHER WAYS?
    46. 46. Digital Co-Laboratory Co-Labcontacts and channels➡ E-mail: colab@unipr.it➡ Twitter: CoLab_UniPR➡ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ colabunipr Use #colabunipr to tweet something useful for us
    47. 47. Thanks to• Prof. Anna Maria Tammaro - Delegate of the Rector for Distance Learning (University of Parma)• Università della Tuscia• “ASTRID” group: Alberto Ardizzone, Rosaria Candiloro, Maridea Carosella, Carmine Iacovella, Federica Scarrione, Roberto Versaggi, ... and me... :-)• “ASTRID” tutor: Angela Iaciofano• Saveria Arma, Carlo Eugeni (experts in subtitles and audio- description)• Digital Co-Lab Group
    48. 48. Thanks for Yr. attention! Questions?Thanks to the staff of SDU (Science Dissemination Unit) of ICTP for the invitation To contact me: Sara Valla E-mail: sara.valla@unipr.it Twitter: thuridilla Skype: saraunipr

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