Making online maths accessible to disabled students - issues and lessons from the Open University’s experience
From STEM Enable
- This case study covers aspects of: Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research
- This case study may be useful for: Dyslexia, Visual Impairments
- It refers to a context, methods and processes as of 2012.
- It considers how the learning and teaching context in STEM subjects may lead to STEM challenges for students who experience Information processing difficulties, Language/Comprehension difficulties, Visual difficulties. The particular challenges considered are:
- The challenges successfully met were:
- To meet these challenges the following processes were employed:
- The following skills were also built:
Overview of content
The section headings are:
- Understanding the problem
- Web Content Accessibility
- What is different about maths?
- Interrelated issues across the authoring, technical presentation and teaching and learning processes
- Issues of encoding
- Encoding as images
- Encoding as MathML
- Issues of presentation
- Note on maths and Braille
- Note on TeX and LaTeX
- Issues of interaction
- Issues of pedagogy
- Current practice at the OU
- Browser issues with MathML – issues of support for the OU
- What the OU is seeking to move towards
- Outstanding issues
- Unresolved dilemmas
- Concluding comment
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