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ERIC Number: EJ765551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
MySchoolDayOnline: Applying Universal Design Principles to the Development of a Fully Accessible Online Scheduling Tool for Students with Visual Impairments
Sapp, Wendy
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v101 n5 p301-307 May 2007
This article presents the universal design features that were identified during the alpha development of a scheduler software program, known as MySchoolDayOnline, for use in schools, and provides preliminary research on the usability of these features. The study presented here investigated the accessibility and usability of MySchoolDayOnline for students with visual impairments. Of the 12 high school students who participated in the field testing, 10 were blind (those with light perception or no light perception) and used a screen-reading program (JAWS for Windows) to access their computers, and two had low vision (those who met the definition of legal blindness) and accessed the computer screen using MySchoolDayOnline's screen-enlargement system. The students worked individually or in dyads at eight computers. The results of the study showed that students preferred MySchoolDayOnline and were more successful using it than Microsoft Outlook. Despite the difficulty experienced with Outlook, one dyad was able to complete all tasks using Outlook, which indicates that the program is accessible but not usable. It was interesting to note that the students with low vision who accessed Outlook visually had as many problems and performed equivalently to the students who were blind and used JAWS to access Outlook, although the small number of students precludes generalizing the findings to a larger population. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A