Posts Tagged ‘Accessibility’
Following an extremely successful pilot initiative last year, JISC TechDis have now launched the OASES which is the Online Accessibility Self Evaluation Service. http://www.techdis.ac.uk/getoases
The difference now is that you don’t have to wait three months for a live session but you can go online straight away, watch the video, read the background, do the survey and check your anonymised results with those of your colleagues who have completed it previously.
Colleagues that completed the assessment during the pilot sessions last year found the process extremely useful.
If you are not from a library background, it is possible to evaluate other areas. Marketing, IT/Network, Disability and Additional Learning Support, Staff Development, Learning Technology, and Senior Management.
Have a look at it and see what you think. http://www.techdis.ac.uk/getoases
JISC TechDis, the JISC funded Advisory Service in the fields of accessibility and inclusion, have been working for some time now on assessing the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers and have produced a lot of guidance for anyone purchasing these products. Take a look at the links below. They are extremely informative.
eBooks and Accessibility – a briefing for education libraries
Books are Brilliant – YouTube Video (4.25 mins)
Includes a comparison of the free online eBook readers, Stanza and Adobe Digital Editions.
Accessibility of eBooks – YouTube Video (6.28 mins)
Includes how to make the JISC FE eBooks system hosted by eBrary accessible to learners and how to use the inbuilt ebrary text to speech.