[Athen] FW: International Research on Supporting Students inLifelong Learning

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Mon Jul 30 14:09:45 PDT 2007

I have had an interview with Wendy Porch from Canada for the project and
Martyn Cooper is on the advisory group for our project so do please try to
help the team if you have a moment. I do not have shares in EU4ALL! but
know those sorting out the standards side, which could work well for the
ATHEN work on the subject - just a shame it does not come to any
conclusions for 4 years!

On the subject of standards and accessibility I have noticed that a group
from UK have submitted comments regarding the draft WCAG version 2
guidelines with links to some of the guidelines we work with

Best wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Learning Societies Lab
ECS, University of Southampton
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7246
-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Berkowitz, Daniel J
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 5:20 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] FW: International Research on Supporting Students
inLifelong Learning

Dear ATHEN members,

The following is from a researcher at the University of York in the UK.
I am passing this along at their request.

Daniel Berkowitz - Assistant Director
Boston University Office of Disability Services
19 Deerfield Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02215

(617) 353-3658 (office)
(617) 353-9646 (fax)
djbrky at bu.edu (eMail)

-----Original Message-----
From: Omar Kheir [mailto:kheir at cs.york.ac.uk]
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 11:50 AM
To: Berkowitz, Daniel J
Subject: International Research on Supporting Students in Lifelong Learning

Dear Daniel Berkowitz

I am a researcher at the University of York, currently involved in an
international project (EU4All, see www.eu4all-project.eu) which is
investigating how to use the potential of virtual learning environments to
better support students with disabilities and mature students (although we
are well aware that these systems currently have big accessibility problems
at the moment). We are collecting information about the services available
for disabled and mature students world wide

in education, and we would like to ensure broad representation of USA
institutions. This is to ensure that our results are relevant to
institutions internationally, and in particular to the USA academic

We have a survey for everyone working in higher education institutions
(lecturers, disability officers, technicians, library and admin staff, I

do mean everyone). Also, we don't want only people with experience of
working with students with disabilities or mature students, we are
interested in everyone's experiences. It is quite a long survey, it will

take up to 40 minutes to complete (the clever software does at least allow
you to do some and come back later if you wish). Because it is quite an
effort, we are going to hold a prize draw with 10 x $20 US Amazon gift
vouchers amongst all respondents.

I would be very grateful if you could complete the survey. If you could also
publicise it to your colleagues at your institution, that would be
wonderful. If it's useful, I can provide a small poster (as a pdf file).

Of course, we also want to get information from students, and we have a
survey for students, both disabled and non-disabled, mature and new
students. Again it's quite long, but there is also a prize draw of 10 x $20
US Amazon gift vouchers. If you can publicise the survey to students, I'd be
very grateful.

Both surveys can be accessed from the following web page:

The surveys have been extensively tested for accessibility, so they should
work well with screen readers and magnification programs.

Many thanks for your help with this. If you have any questions about our

project, do not hesitate to contact me.


Omar Kheir
Research Associate
Department of Computer Science
The University of York
York, UK
YO10 5DD
Email: kheir at cs.york.ac.uk

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