• Developing content for use with screen readers

    When developing our courses we take accessibility very seriously, and make every effort to ensure our content can be read by screen readers. The following post covers what we take into consideration when building our courses for users who rely on this software. I have also published another post on accessibility, titled 'Ten questions to check whether your course content is accessible', whereas this post focuses on screen reader use.

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    • Monday, 06 January 2014
    • Written by James Connor
      Head of Production
  • Ten questions to check whether your course content is accessible

    In writing this post we have tried to cover all our accessibility procedures into the ten key questions that we ask ourselves before releasing a course. Note that these principles aim to improve accessibility for all users and not just those who require the use of screen readers. For a more detailed overview of what we take into consideration when developing content for screen reader users, see the post titled 'Developing content for use with screen readers'.

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    • Monday, 06 January 2014
    • Written by James Connor
      Head of Production
  • A degree in Technicolor anyone?


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    The University of Milan and Milan Polytechnic are, for the first time, both offering one-year masters degrees in color (story first published in the Financial Times), which commence February 2013.

    At Epigeum we have frequent extended discussions on the use of color in our courses and it is a topic on which everyone has a view. We asked in-house graphic designer Tom Pritchard for his opinion on the importance of color, here is what he had to say:

    “Color is an integral aspect of design for reasons beyond simply the decorative. A designer’s primary task is to communicate information in the most effective way possible, and color is a key consideration for facilitating an enjoyable and productive experience for the user.

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    • Tuesday, 29 January 2013
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  • The emergence of Mass Online Tutoring Systems

    Until recently there was great excitement in education circles surrounding MIT's OpenCourseWare project and similar OER sites from other institutions. Among the benefits was the release of knowledge from the confines of the lecture theater to a mass global audience. However providing course materials alone, while still valuable, already seems like old hat.

    The reason is the emergence of the MOTS, the mass online tutoring systems. These systems also aim to provide education to a mass audience but do so while providing a far richer educational experience. The first such system to come to prominence was Udacity but this was quickly followed by Coursera, OLI and most recently the announcement of MIT and Harvard's edX project. I imagine there will be more to follow.

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