[Athen] Distance and online counseling options
roterjill at gmail.com
Wed Aug 7 10:36:25 PDT 2013
We currently use Blackboard Collaborate at NYU for online courses. With
Collaborate, there are some hotkeys that are pre-programmed, and therefore
work seamlessly with JAWS. There are a few hotkeys, however, that need to
be programmed manually (the Talk button, for example). There is a dial-in
option as well.
Collaborate was the platform used in by the Sloan Consortium for a course
I'd taken on accessibility in the online education arena. Based on what was
discussed, below are a few usability/accessibility aspects I thought were
worth highlighting (though many may be obvious), for either counseling or
online classroom teaching/learning*.* Accessibility features aside, in
terms of usability, the session moderator and participant will ultimately
have to determine guidelines for communicating effectively with the
I hope the information is helpful!
If you know you have a student who is deaf or hard of hearing:
o Student doesn’t do the talking; a translator generally translates
student’s sign language into English and communicates it to the class via
o Student has no auditory cue for mic being opened or closed.
o Captioning is possible; make sure student knows how to access it
If you know you have a student with a learning disorder or ADHD
o The Collaborate screen is a busy one, particularly for them.
o Chat box is often problematic; difficulty following who is answering
what in chat
o What student is reading in a presentation may not directly relate to
what’s going on at that point in the class
· If you know you have a student who is blind or visually impaired:
o Screen reader may or may not read icon tool tips.
o Chat box: I believe JAWS will start at the top of the conversation and
read till it gets to the end, making chat a little tedious.
o Student may need to be asked to close his/her mic so JAWS doesn't
"bleed" into the room.
o Student may be listening to moderator and trying to attend to JAWS; may
o Allows for Mp3 creation of recorded sessions.
On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM, Kluesner, Bryon K <Bryon-Kluesner at utc.edu>wrote:
> Hi all,****
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> I posted this in early July to the DSSHE listserv with no luck. So I am
> posting this on here to see if I can get some feedback.
> Our University has investigated Adobe Connect to use as a platform for
> online counseling should the need arise for students outside of Tennessee
> who are enrolled in an online/distance learning course. Adobe connect has a
> link of "Accessibility features", which include keyboard strokes "as much
> as possible without a mouse." When I was enrolled as a student in a Meeting
> session and activated JAWS, the keystrokes would not interact with ADOBE. I
> am not an avid JAWS user, so there may have been something I missed. Anyone
> out there use Adobe Connect and interface with JAWS? One comment by the
> Adobe rep. which caught my attention was this comment: "Please note that
> the Adobe Connect Hosted servers are not HIPAA compliant and therefore,
> UTC's Adobe Connect Hosted account does not meet the HIPAA compliance."
> It was my recommendation not to pursue Adobe Connect as an online
> counseling avenue. Do any of you have any suggestions on which platform is
> accessible and could be used in a counseling scenario. The following are a
> list of other recommendations. If you have any knowledge of their
> accessibility features, please reply back Once I compile a list of
> suggestions, thoughts, concerned I will post to the list.
> Cisco Webext
> Citrix GotoMeeting
> Blackboard Collaborate
> Saba Meeting
> Microsoft Live Meeting
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> Adaptive Technology Coordinator****
> Disability Resource Center****
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> College of Health, Education & Professional Studies****
> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga****
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