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Title: Accessible Web Conferencing Tools

Accessible Web Conferencing Tools
  • Amy Salmon, Hadley School for the Blind
  • Korey Singleton, GMU Assistive Technology
  • AER Virginia Conference
  • March 2nd-4th, 2011

  • Introductions Amy Korey
  • Distance Learning
  • What is distance learning?
  • What is driving its growth?
  • Why should this concern us?
  • Review of Accessible Web Conferencing Tools
  • Accessible Event
  • tcConference and tcVirtualServer
  • Elluminate Live!
  • Jaws Tandem
  • Online Training Resources
  • Whats new at Hadley?
  • Q A

What is Distance Learning?
  • Distance learning is the process of transferring
    knowledge to learners(students) who are separated
    from the instructor(teacher) by time and/or
    physical distance and are making use of
    technology components, such as the Internet,
    video, CD's, tapes, and other forms of technology
    to accomplish learning.1
  • Distance education courses that require a
    physical on-site presence for any reason
    (including taking examinations) have been
    referred to as hybrid2 or blended3 courses of

What is driving growth of DL?
  • Over 75 (230 million people) of the US
    population has internet access.4
  • In terms of the actual number of users, we are
    second only to China.
  • In terms of saturation, we are on par with
    Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, and the UK

What is driving growth of DL? cont
  • Totalling the populations of the Top 20 countries
    and the number of actual internet users, there is
    only a penetration rate of just over 33.

What is driving growth of DL? cont
  • Other factors contributing
  • Greater demand for education and training from
    individuals in the workplace who need to balance
    family and work obligations in addition to school
  • Costs colleges and universities can streamline
    certain costs due to reduced personnel and lack
    of need for a lot of physical spaces (i.e.,
  • Internet usage continues to grow rapidly
  • Advantages for studentsconvenience, self-paced
    learning, accessibility (i.e., physical)

Why should this concern us?
  • The list of colleges and universities offering
    distance learning is growing In 2004, over 87
    of colleges and universities in the US offered
    some of their courses online.5
  • Disadvantages for students
  • Lack of immediate feedback in certain programs
    (i.e., asynchronous)
  • Not all face-to-face courses are offered online
  • Does not promote building of social skills
  • Accessibility same issues that some students
    encounter in the classroom can be carried out
    online (i.e., course materials)

Accessible Web Conferencing Tools
Accessible Event
  • Available from Serotek, http//
  • Allows blind, deaf, and deaf/blind individuals to
    view, hear, or feel content in an online meeting
    or event presented verbally, in Word, Excel,
    PowerPoint, and/or standard web pages (i.e.,
  • Works concurrently with software used by other
    virtual meeting services (i.e., GoToMeeting or
    GoToWebinar, WebEx, LiveMeeting, Adobe Connect,
    etc). Can also be used as a stand-alone service.

Accessible Event cont.
  • Renders a presenters content accessible in HTML
    format through an attendees web browser.
  • System requirements
  • Windows XP or later
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or later installed
  • Whatever assistive technology the individual uses
  • Supported content
  • IE 7 or higher
  • Serotek SAMNet browser
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint 03/07
  • Accessible Event Online Demo

tcConference and tcVirtualServer
  • Available from Talking Communities LLC,
  • tcConference Personal virtual meeting room of
    25 or 50 participants.
  • Uses built-in text-to-speech, as well as variety
    of settings to control size and color of text and
  • Provides captioning support for individuals with
    hearing impairments.
  • Includes voice recognition support for
    individuals that have difficulty using a keyboard
    or mouse.
  • Allows blind, deaf, and deaf/blind individuals to
    view, hear, or feel content in an online meeting
    or event presented verbally, in Word, Excel,
    PowerPoint, and/or standard web pages (i.e.,
  • Record and publish sessions for those who are
    unable to attend (no special software needed to
    view a recording).
  • Works with PC and/or Mac

tcConference and tcVirtualServer cont.
  • tcVirtualServer Allows for creation of multiple
    online tcConference sessions. Example would be
    to run a virtual conference or run simultaneous
    virtual classrooms.
  • Seminars_at_Hadley Demo

Elluminate Live!
  • Available from Elluminate Inc.,
  • No User Left Behind philosophydesigned to be
    accessible from ground up.
  • Completely Cross-Platform (Works with Mac, PC,
    Linux, or Solaris)
  • Java Accessibility bridge enables access for
    screen reader users (Verbal cues for menus,
    participants, chat, and audio windows Activity
    Window presentation content (including text from
    PPT and OpenOffice slides, raising hands, using
    emoticons, etc) is accessible to screen readers
  • Keyboard accessible menus and dialogs

Elluminate Live! cont
  • Ability to customize content (e.g., user can turn
    off text-messaging component, live webcam video,
    or mute the audio
  • Support for inheriting user-defined OS color
  • Ability for user to scale visual content up or
    down depending on individual need (i.e., text
    messaging, whiteboard content, Application
    Sharing facility, live video)
  • Auditory notifications
  • Live sessions can be recorded and played back
    using the same interface.
  • Elluminate Online Demo

Jaws Tandem
  • Jaws Tandem, http//
  • Jaws Tandem allows remote access to another
    computer running Jaws to provide hands on
    technical support, write scripts from a distance,
    or perform remote Jaws training.

Jaws Tandem cont
  • Can be a very useful tool for troubleshooting or
    training purposes. Tech support/trainer accesses
    target computer remotely while communicating with
    target user (i.e., student) using telephone,
    Skype, chat, etc.
  • Very simple to use!
  • System Requirements
  • Jaws v10 or later
  • Host computer must have full version of Jaws
    installed on computer
  • Target computer can run demo or USB version
  • Jaws Tandem Demo

Web-Based Learning Resources
Web-Based Learning Resources
  • Freedom Scientific e-Learning (Free and
  • Learn to use JAWS screen reading software,
    MAGic screen magnification software, PAC Mate
    Omni accessible Pocket PC, and more from the
    convenience of your home or office.
  • GW Micro Audio-Video Archive (Free)
  • Offers a collection of interviews, announcements,
    tutorials, and other multimedia presentations
    dealing with Window-Eyes, the Braille Sense, and
    all things GW Micro, including the GW Micro "Did
    You Know?" podcast series
  • AiSquared New User Online Learning (Free)
  • Free getting started online learning sessions
    every week.  Theyre offered every Monday at 300
    PM EST and every Wednesday at 1200 PM EST.  They
    run for a half hour and then 15 more minutes for
    questions.  Its free to participate, but you
    must register.

Whats New at Hadley?
  • Seminars_at_Hadley (Free)
  • A number of archived seminars on a host of
    topics, including Accessibility and Technology,
    are available.
  • New Online Offerings

  • http//
  • Tabor, Sharon W. (Spring 2007). "Narrowing the
    Distance Implementing a Hybrid Learning
    Model". Quarterly Review of Distance
    Education (IAP)8 (1) 48-49. ISSN 1528-3518.
    Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  • Vaughan, Dr Norman D. (2010). "Blended Learning".
    In Cleveland-Innes, M.F. Garrison, D.R.. An
    Introduction to Distance Education Understanding
    Teaching and Learning in a New Era. Taylor
    Francis. p. 165. ISBN 0415995981. Retrieved 23
    January 2011.
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