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Navigating the discussion forum by a blind learner


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Here is a blind learner navigating through the discussion forum.

If you have watched my earlier video on Navigating the MOOC, then this one is the sequel to that video.
Here, a blind learner demonstrates how a blind person can navigate the discussion forum on the Coursera platform.

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Thanks, Sonal. It is really great how you work so hard for and with blind people!
Hi @Sonal Patel

I am sure you know this site, it is really amazing, I think

https://www.oseyeris.com/
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Thanks will checkout the site.
I am in India, and have just attended an inclusive hackathon where many of our VI students participated. Coursera professor Dr Chuck gave the keynote speech.

Our four juniors who are all blind won everyone’s hearts and have received first prize. Dr Chuck supports our mission and makes sure all his classes are accessible to blind.
All four juniors have taken his python classes have earned the certificates sponsored by coursera! πŸ‘

this is changing the world through high quality accessible learning material for everyone. πŸ’•

thank you coursera! πŸ™πŸ‘
Hi Sonal

How wonderful that the four did so well! I sent you a DM on Slack about this site a while ago, but cannot message you here, apparently because of your settings πŸ™ƒ
All the best!
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Congratulations to you and your students, @Sonal Patel! How exciting!
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@Sonal Patel Thank you for bringing this issue to the forum!
@Laura @Claire There is also a tool that gives web designers and programmers some hints how to adjust the web to the needs of the visually impaired persons. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed a validator for quick checking the web accessibility. The link is here.
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Thank you for sharing this resource, @Danijela! It's great to know about this – I wonder how often designers and programmers are thinking about accessibility.
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@Sonal Patel Thank you for bringing this issue to the forum!
@Laura @Claire There is also a tool that gives web designers and programmers some hints how to adjust the web to the needs of the visually impaired persons. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed a validator for quick checking the web accessibility. The link is here.

thanks W3C has tools to check the validity and accessibility of web pages. New standard for HTML5 makes creating accessible websites so much easier.
I had been teaching web development at Harvard Extension school for more than 17 years and we always used w3C validator to check the compliance and also our students created accessible websites.

I am pretty sure, even coursera has good staff who know all the standards. In past 2-3 years, I see the accessibility of coursera platform has improved a lot. Still not all content providers are not educated well about providing accessible content. So, coursera need to educate the content providers. They can use Dr Chuck's class as an example accessible class!

So, it is just not sufficient that the platform is accessible. The content provided on this platform need to be accessible. There are some great classes on Coursera where our blind students have struggled a lot with accessibility.

I like to see same choices for a blind learner as a sighted learner on all MOOC platform. More popular platforms like Coursera do have higher responsibility to be an example for all. Many blind learner I have mentored are very intelligent and can do many classes that a sighted individual can do, provided the material provided by individual organization is accessible.

There are full degrees on some MOOC platforms, those have become very popular, but accessibility for visually challenged and especially blind was never a consideration in designing such content. If accessibility is at the base of everything that is created and posted, then everything will be accessible to all. Do not leave out world's underreresented minority from getting equal access to high quality education.

As we talk more and educate others, people will listen. After all the purpose of true education is to make a better world, which is more inclusive. Accessibility should be at the core of every technology that promises to create better world.

thank you for your feedback @Danijela!

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