[Athen] Biology Diagrams in distance education class
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Fri Jun 13 17:14:24 PDT 2014
In re #3, with Evernote, the LS pen cast can be shared remotely with the
student. Much less awkward & time consuming.
On Jun 13, 2014 3:52 PM, "Sean Keegan" <skeegan at stanford.edu> wrote:
> Hi Lorraine,
> A few questions:
> 1) Does the student read any braille or at least have some familiarity
> with braille/tactile graphics? I realize you mentioned the student relies
> on information being verbally described, but I am just trying to get a
> sense of how significant is the tactile limitation.
> 2) Would the student have access to an embosser or PIAF machine?
> 3) Are you able to send hard-copy materials to the student in a timely
> I think you have a few options to consider, although none of them may be
> the ideal solution alone.
> 1) Create text descriptions for the relevant parts of the images being
> used in the course and provide this information as you would alt text or
> within the reading materials itself. IMO, this may be a bit too generic and
> while it could satisfy basic web accessibility guidelines, it may not be
> all that helpful to the student participating in the course.
> That said, I suppose you could also hire someone to record verbal
> descriptions of the images/information and post those to the course
> interface for the student to access.
> 2) Create tactile graphics of the images that cannot be described in text.
> For images that are complex, you may need to break the image into more
> simplified representations so as to ensure the tactile components are
> sufficiently emphasized. By this, I mean one image may have two or three
> tactile versions to maintain clarity of communication.
> 3) Use a bit of #2 above, but involve the use of a Livescribe Pen. You
> could create the tactile graphic and at the end of some reference line
> attach a piece of Livescribe paper. Using a Livescribe Pen, you could then
> provide a description for what is being represented. You would have to send
> the Livescribe Pen back and forth to record the appropriate content or
> possibly use more than one pen (here's an example of recording content:
> The student could touch the lines and then use the reference line to "find"
> the Livescribe Pen region and then use the pen to listen to whatever was
> recorded for that part of the image.
> 4) Similar to #3 above, but use the Livescribe Pen paper as the paper upon
> which the tactile graphic is delivered. Then you do not have to cut out
> pieces of Livescribe paper to attach to the tactile graphic.
> 5) Hire a reader.
> I am sure there are other (and better!) options available, but these are a
> few that jump to mind immediately. I think much of this will also depend on
> the student's ability to work with the materials and what may be realistic
> options given the short duration of the online class.
> Take care,
> On Jun 13, 2014, at 1:49 PM, "Norwich, Lorraine S" <lnorwich at bu.edu>
> We have a blind student in a distance education program who has to take a
> Biology class. The class is 7 weeks with a lot of diagrams embedded in the
> distance education blackboard course. She does not have good tactile
> ability and relies on information being verbally described.
> Any ides, thoughts on how to make this work would be helpful
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