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Assistive Technology to Promote Learner Autonomy. A Vision of Students Dr. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University. YouTube video – now updated Jan 2011 http://visionsofstudents.org/. Overview. Think about how we improve: technology evaluations, assessments and training. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Assistive Technology to Promote Learner Autonomy

  • A Vision of Students Dr. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University

    YouTube video now updated Jan 2011 http://visionsofstudents.org/

  • Overview

    Think about how we improve: technology evaluations, assessments and training. accessibility and ease of use of online teaching and learning materials. as well as develop e-learning skills.

    Throughout there will be links to the results of the LEXDIS project.

  • Technology forGathering information Analysing InformationBeing creativeProblem solvingWorking with others.

  • Accessibility issuesAspects of the e-learning applications do not interact well with assistive technologies or allow for personalisation;Navigability of resource rich websites e.g. libraries;Problems opening and manipulating files;Difficulties scanning and manipulating science based resources for screen reading and text to speech.Nick

  • Many Facets of ATAssistive Technologies

  • Digital DecisionsSome students mentioned simplicity, skills, suitability and cost as a deciding factors.

    All students talked about their decisions being influenced by time considerations regarding use of assistive technologies, training and social networking applications.

    when I got all my software in Autumn last year, they said: You need to have your training on this... I felt like I was doing two courses and that was, frankly, too much. I had to stay with my old bad habits because I just didnt feel I had the time to learn something new to help me. It was a vicious circle, really.

  • Keep the tools simpleIm just going to knock this nail in. (using a very complex bit of kitSo why over complicate things? This would do the job perfectly well. (holding up a hammer)

  • Making it work with ATProvide an outline equivalentProvide options Make it easy on yourself! Create in HTML originally. Do not use Save as WebUse a Conversion Utility such as the The Illinois Accessible Web Publishing Wizard http://www.accessiblewizards.uiuc.edu/ For the more adventurous - use accessible flash tools such as Xertehttp://www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte/

  • It does not take a lot to make a differenceI only used style sheets and added page numbers to the handout it did not take that long! Hi I just popped in to say thanks!

    Thinking - Thanks I feel now that all my hard work has not been taken for granted.

  • Lectures - Synote

  • PersonalisationWill this do for all of you? Showing one size t-shirtNo that wont fit me We are all unique with individual needs and requirements

  • PersonalisationDesktop Options

    Input options

    Output options

    Colour changes

    Language

  • What works for me? Science Issues

    Multimedia

    Using the Internet

    Communication

  • Altering the Look and Feel to work faster and smarter! My Web My Way - http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/

  • Productivity to free, portable and onlinePortable apps available from http://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk/projects/accessTools/download Atbar http://access.devx.co.uk/projects/toolbar/demo

  • Calendars, Planning and CollaborationOnline task and time managementGoogle Calendar Google docsIssuesAccessibilityLogin in - passwords

    www.web2access.org.uk

  • Browsing Tactics?Find some informationAdd it to a blog? (WordPress)Tell a friend?

  • Expectations

    Students have high expectations of technology with respect to access, choice and reliability.

    Students expect consistency in use of the VLE across modules.Most see it as an essential aspect of course admin and communication.Students have high expectations of their tutors use of technology.

  • Virtual Learning Environment

  • Another Course, Another Environment!

  • Knowledge Estuary Demonstration

  • Mrs E.A. DraffanElectronics and Computer Science.University of SouthamptonMobile 07976 289103E-mail: ead@ecs.soton.ac.ukhttp://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk

    With grateful thanks to all those students who took part in the LexDis project.

    www.lexdis.org Agile Technology users not just Assistive Technology users.

    *Students personalising their e-learning.Research carried out by Dr. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University. 2300 web pages Survey: On average, how many web pages do you read each day? Average 21.51 (We then multiplied this by 105- roughly the number of days in a semester -and rounded to 2300.)and 1281 facebook profiles Survey: On average, how many Facebook profiles do you view each day? Average 12.2 (multiplied by 105 = 1281)

    And over 500 pages of email Survey: On average, how many pages of e-mails will you write in a single day? Average: 4.96 (*105 days/semester = over 500)*Wordle picture*E.A. DraffanLexDis *Cartoon by Mark Parisi off the mark.com Dont you think youre becoming a little too reliant on your computer?

    New research suggests that young university hopefuls expect unrestricted access to the InternetFor further information please visit http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/news/fullstory.php?id=99For the full report please visit http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/publications/studentexpectations

    *Nick quote: "I realised (with respect to Parliamentary Affairs) that I was a right idiot in just reading off the PDF and then remembering the quote, and typing it into Word, because actually you could click an HTML version which makes the whole idea of making secure PDFs ridiculous." ....

    *E.A. DraffanLexDis *Assistive Technology triangle from Access Technologies at the top representing the assistive technologies such as screen readers and magnification or specialist text to speech, next personalisation and accessibility where desktop changes are made and built in accessibility tools are used to Productivity which is where built in spell checkers and auto correct may help to the final layer including free, portable and online tools which for some maybe the most important. This is not a hierarchy of tools but rather a complete toolkit approach. *when I got all my software in autumn last year, and they said: You need to have your training on this as you quite rightly have said I did feel like I was doing 2 courses and that was, frankly, too much. I had to stay with my old bad habits because I just didnt feel I had the time to take out to learn something new to help me. It was a vicious circle, really.

    *E.A. DraffanLexDis *LexDis *E.A. Draffan**LexDis *E.A. Draffan*LexDis *E.A. Draffan******LexDis *E.A. Draffan****Agile Technology users not just Assistive Technology users. With grateful thanks to all those students taking part in the LexDis project.