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Captioning and Visual Description for Video: Considerations for Campus Accessibility
by Bob Christiaansen, Prof. of Occupational Therapy, Dept. of Kinesiology, UW-Madison

When videos are used as an essential part of classroom instruction or workplace training, how can they be made more accessible not only for people with visual or hearing impairments, but many others as well? Christiaansen outlines several strategies for accessibility and notes how the same accommodations that make videos more usable for hearing- or visually-impaired users also enhance learning for people with different learning styles, learning disabilities, or English as a second language. Professor Christiaansen chairs UW-Madison's Committee on Access and Accommodation in Instruction. (April 2000)

Project IMPACT and Introductory Design Tips for Increasing the Accessibility of Web-based Courses
by Todd Schwanke, Bhagwant Sindhu, and Roger Smith, UW-Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee's Project IMPACT (Integrated Multi-Perspective Access to Campus Technology) aims to make that campus and its technological and physical resources more usable for all. The authors, all affiliated with Project IMPACT, provide an overview of the program and offer tips for improving Web-based courses. Don't miss the helpful resource section! (April 2000)

UW-Madison Joins Nationwide DO-IT Prof Project, Pursues Other Avenues for Accessibility and Accommodation
by Alice Anderson, Division of Information Technology, UW-Madison

The Madison campus, in partnership with Madison Area Technical College, has joined the national project DO-IT Prof (DO-IT stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology). This prestigious national program is currently developing national guidelines and professional development modules that will provide higher education faculty and administrators with the tools they need to work effectively with students with disabilities. (April 2000)

Access for Everyone, Everywhere: The Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium
by Lisa Jansen, Learning Support Services, UW-Madison

Jansen introduces the beginning Web designer to the concept of accessible Web pages and outlines the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) guidelines for such. As with the case of video captioning and video description, attention to Web page accessibility increases the usefulness of resources not only for users with disabilities, but many others as well. Includes several examples of UW campus resources on accessible Web design. (April 2000)

Managing Graduate School with a Learning Disability: A Profile of Judy Risch, UW-Madison
by Jennifer Smith, TTT Editor

Keeping up with the intense reading load of graduate school can be hard. But what if you have a learning disability like dyslexia that compromises your ability to read quickly and absorb content via the printed word? Learn about the personal experiences and study strategies of one UW-Madison graduate student who has developed a multifaceted, technological approach to keep up with her studies. Risch is enrolled in a joint degree program between the Law School and School of Education and attributes her success to a wise use of technology. (April 2000)

The Teaching with Technology Today project consists of a web-based NEWSLETTER and WISLRNTEC, a companion listserv where members discuss technology, pedagogy, and student learning. TTT was instigated by the UW Learning Technology Development Council; it receives significant support from UW-Extension's Division of Continuing Education.