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alt-i-lab 2005

alt-i-lab (Advancing Learning Technology Interoperability)2005 includes working sessions, demonstrations and exchange of e-learning technology.

The following session may be of particular interest:

  • Thursday, 23 June, 13:00-17:00, Accessibility and e-Learning Workshop.
    "This workshop will provide a state of practice overview of how to make elearning materials more accessible and will include demonstrations of available tools, best practice, forecast of standards efforts, and Q&A.


    • Accessibility and eLearning - An Introduction and Current Issues;

    • IMS AccessForAll Specifications;

    • Vocabularies and ISO work;

    • Use with IEEE Learning Object Metadata Standard;

    • Blended Learning;

    • Accessibility Properties and Automated Tools using EARL;

    • Vocabulary Management Tools, IMS VDEX Specification and Accessibility;

    • Accessibility for Learner Information with Learner Portfolios.

    The workshop will look at how the IMS work on AccessForAll Specification's Meta-data and Learner Information can be used in a UK and multi-language context. This will include work on how vocabularies and vocabulary tools can be used to provide some cultural and language independence and integration with blended learning contexts.


    • Andy Heath, Sheffield Hallam University;

    • Barry Kruger, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency;

    • David Weinkauf, Assistive Technology Resource Center, University of Toronto;

    • Fiona Henry, Loughborough College;

    • Martyn Cooper, The Open University UK.

    Organizer: Andy Heath, Sheffield Hallam University; member IMS Accessibility Team; co-chair IMS ePortfolio Team; founder CEN-ISSS Learning Technologies Workshop Accessibility Properties for Learning Resources, co-editor ISO IEC JTC1 SC36 Individualized
    Adaptability and Accessibility in E-learning, Education and Training, Convenor BSI IST/43/-/5 (developing a British Standard for Technical Accessibility of eLearning systems and content."

Further information and registration details are available from: (workshop registration closes on Friday, 17 June).

Cost: 50 (excluding VAT at 17.5%) to cover meeting materials, facilities, and food. Lunch is provided with all workshops.

Date: from 20 June, 2005 to 24 June, 2005
Venue: Royal Victorial Hotel, Sheffield, England.
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