This is the web resource page for the 2010 CSUN Conference presentation.
Another challenge we face is the language we use in describing fully inclusive properties.
The bottom line is that accessible and usable designs can be mutually exclusive and inclusive/universal designs are synonymic approaches to fully inclusive properties.
The “Innovative Professor’s” course development and early adoption of new technologies often creates barriers to accessibility if inclusive strategies are not used in the course development process.
In 2007 innovative professor Paul Fishwick explains why he chose to develop a course in Second Life, “I like the potential for collaboration, immersion, aesthetics, creativity, social interaction,” Fishwick said. “There are a lot of different dimensions I think are valuable to educators.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070207193301.htm
While truly innovative personalities live on the bleeding edge of development and are willing to take risks, the majority of professors who participate in online course development want to get the course developed and online. However,
Learn who your resources are and how to communicate in their language to develop an effective team for Inclusive course development --
1. All information from web sites are designed or redesigned to meet at least the minimum accessibility requirement guidelines provided by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)/US Access Board’s 508 guidelines this includes:
2. Promote marketing the institution as a model providing a fully inclusive Internet and distance-learning environment thereby increasing recruitment and retention of residential and distance-learning students with and without disabilities.
3. The institutions efforts to promote a Fully Inclusive community have developed a partnership outreach-training program for all parties wishing to migrate to a Universally Designed environment.
Mid term goal to be reached in two to four years:
1. IT and all purchasing managers have migrated to a Universal/Inclusive Design policy,
2. All distance education offerings have adopted Inclusive guidelines for courses
Short-Term Goals to be reached in one year:
1. Development of an ad-hoc committee to review how all programs can be designed or redesigned for usability by all persons, including individuals with disabilities
2. Development and adoption of an accessibility checklist for distance education
3. Development of Inclusive/Universal Design faculty training
Mashups, what it is and how it can be used. Mashups smash together objects from more than one source into a single integrated web object. “The most common mashup is the consumer mashup. Consumer mashups combine different forms of media from multiple sources and combine them into a single graphical interface" --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_(web_application_hybrid). Example of a consumer Mashup site: Flickr. Mapanno
Accessibility Issues: In 2008 Rich Schwerdtfeger and Peter Parente explained that "Mashups are still in the early stages of addressing accessibility" in their presentation Web2.0MashupAccessibility031208.ppt. In 2010, Mashups are still predominantly inaccessible. IBM Mashup Center, Version 2.0
Using virtual space for education and the ongoing evolution of technology