Meeting the E-Learning and Information and Computer Technology Needs of Post-secondary Students with Visual Impairments: An Overview of Two Studies
Tuesday, October 9 11:15-11:35 AM Location: Salon 4
Presider: Joseph Ganci, eLearning Joe, United States
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.