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ERIC Number: EJ799806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Accessibility of Instructional Web Sites in Higher Education
Lewis, Kay; Yoder, Diane; Riley, Elizabeth; So, Yvonne; Yusufali, Sarah
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v30 n3 p29-35 2007
Access to education has always challenged students with disabilities. The increase of online instructional materials presents new opportunities--and possible barriers--for accessibility in higher education. Despite rising numbers of students with disabilities in higher education, colleges and universities have not ensured accessibility of online learning environments for all students. To support the development of accessible online educational sites, the Accessibility Institute at the University of Texas at Austin created the Student Web Accessibility Project, in which a team of student evaluators identified accessibility concerns in instructional Web sites on campus. Their findings suggest a need for more training and awareness of accessibility issues by developers of online instructional sites whether they are faculty, administrative assistants, designers, or others. This article reports on the project's methods and results, as well as the collaborative model created to promote the development of accessible instructional resources on campus. (Contains 2 tables and 22 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973