[Athen] FW: AFB Distance Learning Survey Results Now Available

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Tue Nov 18 09:06:45 PST 2008

Some may find this informative.


AFB Distance Learning Survey Results Now Available

More and more schools, colleges and universities are using online
educational tools that students are required to use to obtain course
syllabi, access lectures and associated material, participate in class
discussions, read course material, and receive grades and feedback from
instructors. These popular tools, such as Blackboard, can frequently pose
significant barriers to students with vision loss because they do not work
well, if at all, with computer programs commonly used by students who are
blind or visually impaired to access content displayed on the computer

AFB explored ways in which popular online educational tools can be made more
accessible with the help of nearly 100 individuals who recently completed
our online survey. The results are now available! Findings indicated the
most important and necessary features of online educational tools present
significant problems for those using assistive technology such as screen
reading or screen magnification software. In nearly every instance,
respondents indicated features that were inaccessible. To read the full
report, go to
www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=3&TopicID=377&DocumentID=4492 .

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