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1 Accessibility and the Virtual Learning Environment November 2010 Caroline Breslin Learning Technology Enhancement Team

2 Social constructionist learning system, learning by doing, activity and community based learning (not a CMS) Order resources and activities by topic or week for classes Group-based learning About Myplace

3 Why ? Open source – access to large user community and room for own (modular) development Proven track record in education Moodle is incorporated into Myplace – flexibility to make our system more than just Moodle

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8 ‘Theme’ Colours, sizes and layout of text and images Common Issues for Disabled Students

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13 ‘Theme’ Colours, sizes and layout of text and images Navigation Cursor location indication, starting point Common Issues for Disabled Students

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17 ‘Theme’ Colours, sizes and layout of text and images Navigation Useful starting point, indicator cursor location Distractions – lack of consistency, clutter, quiz timer Common Issues for Disabled Students

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20 ‘Theme’ Colours, sizes and layout of text and images Navigation Useful starting point, indicator cursor location Distractions – lack of consistency, clutter, quiz timer Understanding information e.g. colour coded only Common Issues for Disabled Students

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22 Provision of advance reading lists Access to information at the beginning of Semester Time extension for class assignment Additional time for tests/quizzes Making Provision for Disabled Students’ Adjustments

23 Following an assessment, a University Disability Adviser may determine that an additional amount of time is required to be allocated to particular student(s) for class tests which are created as quizzes in Myplace. E.g. 15%, 25% or 50% extra time Example of Adjustment - Additional time for tests/quizzes

24 Several Potential Solutions... 1.Create more than one version of the quiz; for for each group of students; groups determined by time allocation

25 Example of Adjustment - Additional time for tests/quizzes

26 Several Potential Solutions... 1.Create more than one version of the quiz; for for each group of students; groups determined by time allocation 2.Allocate ‘Ignore Time Limits’ capability to relevant students; trust/monitoring aspect for time taken, although can be checked!

27 Communication Students LTE Team Teaching Staff Disability Service

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