ERIC Number: EJ1077745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Making Data Flow Diagrams Accessible for Visually Impaired Students Using Excel Tables
Sauter, Vicki L.
Journal of Information Systems Education, v26 n1 p9-20 Win 2015
This paper addresses the use of Excel tables to convey information to blind students that would otherwise be presented using graphical tools, such as Data Flow Diagrams. These tables can supplement diagrams in the classroom when introducing their use to understand the scope of a system and its main sub-processes, on exams when answering questions about such relationships, or in group projects in discussing problems with and recommendations for systems. The main contributions are a) a suggestion on how to translate the different aspects of Data Flow Diagrams into a table format and b) the in-class experiences from using the approach. The approach can be broadened to other graphical representations such as Entity-Relationship Diagrams or Use-Case Diagrams. Further, this approach could be broadened to support alternative learning styles of sighted students in the class.
Descriptors: Tables (Data), Visual Impairments, Blindness, Flow Charts, Teaching Methods, Assistive Technology, Courseware, Computer System Design, Appropriate Technology, Systems Analysis, Knowledge Representation, Educational Practices
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