A highlight for me of the IMS Learning Impact conference was the keynote talk by Rich Schwerdtfeger (IBM) entitled “The Evolution towards a Personalised Web and the Impact on Education”. Rich co-chairs the IMS Accessibility group currently finalising the AccessForAll 3.0 specification.
A key point in the talk was that many of the issues of accessibility to the web were the same as when wanting to serve web pages to mobile devices. The below is adapted from one of Rich’s slides:
Personalisation approaches depend on preferences profiles. Rich raised the possibility for mobile devices to include the users preferences thus negating the need for a “preferences server” in this case.
The information needed for personalisation was summarised in the following slide:
Rich also introduced the AccessForAll 3.0 specification which I will blog about when it is released for public comment in a month or so.
Rich gave and overview of the National Public Inclusive Infrastructure (NPII). This provides software enhancements to the nation’s broadband Infrastructure to ensure that people facing interface barriers due to ageing, disability, or literacy can use broadband information and services available to others. It supports AccessForAll 3.0.
The below slide shows the multiple approaches that are possible, as supported by the NPII:
The presentation finished highlighting the importance of this approach to accessibility to education.
[All slides used with permission and thanks to Rich Schwerdtfeger (IBM) and Gregg Vanderheiden (The Trace Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison ).]