Friday 25th March, 2011
2:00pm to 2:50pm
More and more types of media are becoming available for integration on the web, and in e-learning curricula, and they are not often designed with accessibility in mind. Audio and video content, slideshows, non-traditional mouse-and-keyboard interactions, streaming data sources, drag-and-drop interfaces, and auto-refreshing content displays are all prevalent in e-learning, and all pose problems for many disabled web users. Dealing with these problems tends to be regarded as overly difficult, and it is tempting for educators and developers to turn a blind eye to this area of an application’s design and development. In this presentation, an overview of rich media’s accessibility pitfalls will be given, as well as solutions for common problems that exist for rich media in education software. This presentation will benefit educators and developers who want to design lesson plans and learning applications with accessibility in mind. Attendees will learn how to incorporate rich media into their work, as well as how to ensure accessible streaming of sources unmonitored by their institutions, how to test for rich media accessibility, and how to teach accessibility of rich content generated and contributed by their students.
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