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Evaluating usability of resources

Posted by Kristina Hollis on April 4th, 2011

How is the usability of supporting course resources established and evaluated to maintain their effective integration?  What tools are available to assist course conveners and designers in evaluating these readings, websites, and other forms of online resources?
Heuristic evaluation methods have been researched and developed since the early 90s, to provide guidance for determining the suitability [...]

PDF Accessibility

Posted by Tony Dwyer on January 24th, 2011

This subject seems to pop up quite regularly at any forum related to web accessibility / usability. While there are some vision impaired users who believe that PDFs are accessible if done with care, there are others who believe that until PDFs are reliably accessible they should be avoided, or at the very least [...]

OZeWAI Web Adaptability Conference (1–3 December, La Trobe Uni)

Posted by Tony Dwyer on November 3rd, 2010

OZeWAI, Australia’s only web adaptability conference is just around the corner, and you can register now. The conference will be held at La Trobe University, Bundoora (near Melbourne), Victoria.

Jacqui Begbie and Raven Calais from AGIMO will be talking about the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy and the WCAG 2.0 Community of Expertise. There will also [...]

Learning Auslan

Posted by maparry on October 19th, 2010

Auslan is the language of the deaf community in Australia. A group of participants from several units across the Macquarie campus recently completed a 14 hour introductory course to better understand Auslan. The course was organised by The Equity & Diversity Unit and run by instructors from the Deaf Society of NSW. The first few lessons [...]

The MQAS story ‘Living Black’

Posted by Jayde Cahir on August 19th, 2010

The Macquarie University Accessibility Services, (MQAS) story Living Black will screen this Sunday 4.30pm on SBS.
Living Black is a story based on the experience of Emmaleen, one of the Indigenous students from the Pilbara, that MQAS has been assisting. Emmaleen did not realise that she had a disability until a special education teacher came to [...]

Register now: MQ Inclusive Practice Forum – 7 Aug

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 11th, 2009

The Why, What and How of Inclusive Practice Forum
7th August 2009 at Macquarie University
A three fold approach to inclusive practice covering:

Legal perspective and obligations
Practical strategies for teaching and support staff wanting to implement inclusive practice
A technical perspective including demonstrations of assistive technologies, developing accessible PDFs and understanding the WCAG 2.0 standards set by W3C.

This is [...]

Connexions open-source learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 3rd, 2009

In another fantastic TED video, Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions: a free global online education system that allows educators to rapidly create online courses that can be shared with students all over the world.  Read more about it here.  Richard talks about the benefits for “shut outs” – those who [...]

Academic Earth vs Open Education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 20th, 2009

Wired Campus reports that a new group calling itself Academic Earth is offering free online videos of lectures from leading universities.  AE describe themselves as “an organisation founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.”  Read the fine print (Mission Statement) and you will find that “everyone on earth” [...]

What are the barriers to open access teaching tools?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 6th, 2008

From Culture Matters, a blog by current and former Anthropology students and staff from Macquarie, comes a thought-provoking post on the barriers to sharing teaching tools.  Here is an edited excerpt from what Lisa Wynn writes:
I just came from a [lecture] on using multimedia presentations to inspire students and facilitate learning. But I came away [...]

TurningPoint Student Response System

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on October 3rd, 2008

The latest cool tool is TurningPoint, a student response system which enables teachers to “engage your class, instantly understand student comprehension, create an interactive lecture environment, track student performance … [and] create interactive PowerPoint presentations that collect real-time responses from students.”

At its simplest, students in a large lecture use a device (a “Response Card” or [...]