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Accessibility of Desire2Learn Learning Environment. About me. Agenda. Features that users with disabilities will want to know about Keyboard access to the Learning Environment Using the Learning Environment with a screen reader

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Agenda
Agenda

  • Features that users with disabilities will want to know about

    • Keyboard access to the Learning Environment

    • Using the Learning Environment with a screen reader

  • Features for creating courses that serve the needs of users with disabilities


Login
Login

  • Login to your Learning Environment account using Firefox.


The task
The task

  • Start from the course homepage.

  • Go to Locker

  • Create a New File.

  • Name it “Test”.

  • No description is necessary.

  • The Contents should say “Hello World”.

  • Stop timing when you can verify that the file was added.


Q who relies on keyboard access
Q - Who relies on keyboard access?

  • People who are blind

  • People with poor muscle control

  • People who do not have use of their hands

  • All of the above


Keyboard tips
Keyboard tips

  • TAB through links and form fields.

  • Press SHIFT+ TAB to move backwards.


Try it out keyboard only
Try it out…. Keyboard only

  • Start from the course homepage.

  • Go to Locker

  • Create a New File.

  • Name it “Test2”.

  • No description is necessary.

  • The Contents should say “Hello World”.

  • Stop timing when you can verify that the file was added.


Keyboard features
Keyboard features

  • Skip navigation

  • Focus highlighting

  • Not getting stuck in the HTML editor



Start and stop reading
Start and stop reading

  • Open up JAWS now

  • To start reading – press INSERT + DOWN ARROW

  • To stop reading – press CTRL


Jump element to element
Jump element to element

  • TAB through links on the page.

  • SHIFT+TAB go to the previous link

  • Move around on the course homepage


Jump between headings
Jump between headings

  • Jump to headings using the H key

  • Try jumping to the “My Settings” heading. If you overshoot, you can move backwards by pressing SHIFT+H.


Landmarks
Landmarks

Before

Landmarks highlighted


Elements list
Elements list

  • Open the elements list with INSERT + F7

  • Press the first letter of the link name to jump in the list

  • Press enter to follow links


Forms
Forms

  • You’ll automatically jump into input mode when a form field is in focus.


Dialogs vs pop ups
Dialogs vs. Pop-ups

Dialog

Pop-up



Before and after
Before and after

Inline editor

View source


Try it out screen reader
Try it out…. Screen reader

  • Start from the course homepage.

  • Go to Locker

  • Create a New File.

  • Name it “Test3”.

  • No description is necessary.

  • The Contents should say “Hello World”.

  • Stop timing when you can verify that the file was added.

  • * When finished

  • Try this out without looking at the screen.


Screen reader features
Screen reader features..

  • Lots of headings

  • Good form field labeling and fieldsets

  • Very descriptive links

  • Lots of lists

  • This applies to your content also!



Creating accessible content in the learning environment

Essential tips

Creating Accessible Content In the Learning Environment




Media
Media

  • To include captioned media – you must include a file with embedded captions – such as YouTube.




Handling accommodation requests within the learning environment

Tools and Strategies

Handling Accommodation Requests within the Learning Environment


Special access
Special access

  • Gives granular control over who may take quizzes and their respective time restrictions

  • Offer an extension

  • Give extended time


Release conditions
Release conditions

  • May be applied to numerous items.

    • Checklists

    • Content modules and topics

    • Widgets

    • Discussion forums and topics

    • Dropbox folders, grade items..

  • Numerous criteria

    • User achievement

    • Group membership


Get involved
Get involved

  • The accessibility interest group meets the first Thursday each month. Consider signing up for the consortiums mailing list to get meeting announcements and notes.


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