Understanding the graphical challenges faced by vision-impaired students in Australian universities

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    Abstract

    Information graphics such as plots, maps, plans, charts, tables and diagrams form an integral part of the student learning experience in many disciplines. However, for a vision impaired student accessing such graphical materials can be problematic. This research seeks to understand the current state of accessible graphics provision in Australian higher education. We conducted an online survey of 71 vision-impaired university students and semi-structured interviews with 44 key stakeholders (students, academics, disability liaison officers and accessible graphics providers). We found that difficulty in accessing graphical materials was a barrier to many vision-impaired students and that there were systemic problems with current processes for accessible graphics provision. Recommendations are made on ways to address these concerns in order to provide a more equitable higher education experience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-72
    Number of pages14
    JournalHigher Education Research and Development
    Volume36
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

    Keywords

    • Equity
    • Inclusive education
    • STEM education
    • Student experience

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    Understanding the graphical challenges faced by vision-impaired students in Australian universities. / Butler, Matthew; Holloway, Leona; Marriott, Kim; Goncu, Cagatay.

    In: Higher Education Research and Development, Vol. 36, No. 1, 02.01.2017, p. 59-72.

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