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dc.contributor.authorArmstrong, Helen
dc.contributor.authorMurray, Iain
dc.contributor.authorMohamadi, N.
dc.contributor.editorPiet Kommers
dc.contributor.editorTomayess Issa
dc.contributor.editorPedro Isaias
dc.identifier.citationArmstrong, Helen and Murray, Iain and Mohamadi, Nazanin. 2010. Spanning the digital divide: a remote IT learning environment for the vision impaired, in Kommers, P. and Issa, T. and Isaias, P. (ed), IADIS International Conference - Internet Technologies and Society 2010, Nov 29 2010, pp. 206-213. Perth, WA: IADIS press.

People who are vision impaired continue to experience difficulty in accessing tertiary education relevant to their disability due to inaccessible learning environments. The nature of acute vision disabilities requires access via assistive technologies; however these aids provide only limited access to educational materials designed for sighted students. An e-learning environment designed specifically for students with vision and print disabilities has been designed by the authors and implemented by the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired (CAVI) for delivery of accessible Cisco certification courses to provide the vision impaired with the skills to design and maintain computer networks. This accessible e-learning environment comprises two main sections, the accessible curriculum and the collaborative e-learning environment. This paper describes the virtual classroom and remote laboratory that comprise the collaborative e-learning environment. Other educational institutions wishing to develop similar environments may benefit from this environment in their quest to deliver education to meet the special needs of the adult vision impaired learner.

dc.publisherIADIS press
dc.subjectvirtual classroom
dc.subjectaccessible computing
dc.subjectvision impairment
dc.subjectRemote laboratories
dc.titleSpanning the digital divide: a remote IT learning environment for the vision impaired
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleProceedings of the IADIS international conference: Internet Technologies and Society 2010
dcterms.source.seriesProceedings of the IADIS international conference: Internet Technologies and Society 2010
dcterms.source.conferenceIADIS International Conference - Internet Technologies and Society 2010
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateNov 29 2010
dcterms.source.conferencelocationPerth, Australia
dcterms.source.placePerth, Australia

This is a reprint from a paper published in the Proceedings of the IADIS International Conferences. The conference paper can be found on the IADIS website:

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curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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