Tuesday, October 9
11:15-11:35 AM
CEST
Salon 4

Meeting the E-Learning and Information and Computer Technology Needs of Post-secondary Students with Visual Impairments: An Overview of Two Studies

Brief Paper ID: 37722
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    Natalie Martiniello
    Adaptech Research Network
  2. Mary Jorgensen
    Adaptech Research Network
  3. Catherine S. Fichten
    Adaptech Research Network
  4. Jennison Asuncion
    Adaptech Research Network
  5. Vittoria Ferraro
    Adaptech Research Network
  6. Joan Wolforth
    McGill University
  7. Mai Nhu Nguyen
    Adaptech Research Network
  8. Jillian Budd
    Adaptech Research Network
  9. Maria Barile
    Adaptech Research Network
  10. Chris Gaulin
    National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
  11. Anthony Tibbs
    Adaptech Research Network
  12. Rhonda Amsel
    McGill University

Abstract: We present the findings from two Canada-wide studies involving post-secondary students who self-identified as either being totally blind (n = 29) or having low vision (n = 143). The first study examined the ICTs used by students and how adequately these met their on- and off-campus needs, and the second study explored the accessibility of eLearning at the post-secondary level, including which e-Learning tools participants find most and least accessible. The findings indicate that several e-Learning tools, such as Pdf documents and web-based content, pose a number of accessibility problems. Moreover, the results suggest that participants encounter problems when using ICTs at home and at school, such as ICTs not being adequately up-to-date. We present these findings and provide recommendations to address these concerns, such as the need to ensure that universal design and web-accessibility guidelines are considered when e-Learning tools are implemented.

Presider: Joseph Ganci, eLearning Joe

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