Award Date

12-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Curriculum & Instruction

First Committee Member

Kendall Hartley

Second Committee Member

P.G. Schrader

Third Committee Member

Randall Boone

Fourth Committee Member

Lisa Bendixen

Number of Pages

58

Abstract

This study examined the usability of a learning management system with different access software for people who are blind or have low vision. Due to the versatility of an individual's position within the academic setting, both the student's and the instructor's roles within this environment were examined. Also, due to the versatility of accessible options to the user, multiple access environments were used in the study as well. The intended outcome was to determine what the usability is with various screen access solutions for users who are blind. The current landscape was explored, along with literature from other sources. The results were highly dependent on the screen access software, and the platform. Some pieces of software reacted well to parts of the website, others did not. Each screen access solution had a different result.

Keywords

Access; Assistive computer technology; Blackboard; Blind; Computer-assisted instruction; Computers and people with visual disabilities; JAWS; Learn; Software compatibility; VoiceOver; Voice output communication aids

Disciplines

Education

Language

English

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