[Athen] Angel online courseware

sean keegan skeegan at htctu.net
Thu Aug 31 12:21:08 PDT 2006

Hi Robert,

Here is the URL for the accessibility site for Angel:

There is an "Angel Accessibility Overview" (warning - PDF) that is available
from this site as well as additional information about the status of Angel's
accessibility level.

I did take a look at Angel about 4 months ago and it had some interesting
features. They had a "508" button (or something similar) in the main screen
that removed many of the frames and cleaned up the interface - I actually
preferred the "cleaned-up" version.

I do remember having a bit of an issue with the synchronous chat environment
in that is seemed to be using some type of Flash-based interface that did
not always work with a screen-reader well. Overall, though, Angel did not
seem to present any major barriers to accessing content and moving about the
interface with a variety of assistive computer technologies.

Angel did release an update during the testing period and I was not able to
go back and recheck everything again. However, it did not appear that
anything in the system got worse so I suppose that is good!

Hope this helps,

Sean Keegan
Web Accessibility Instructor
High Tech Center Training Unit, California Community Colleges

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Robert Beach
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 8:47 AM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Angel online courseware

Hi all,

I found out, in a non-related meeting, that our institution is moving from
WebCT to Angel for online courses. Since I know eventually the issue of
accessibility will come up (and should have come up long before the decision
was made), I was wondering if anybody has experience with the program. Any
tips, tricks, hints, etc. will be greatly appreciated.


Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: (913) 288-7671
Fax: (913) 288-7678
E-mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

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