I actually recently presented this as part of an interview, and thought it had enough new material (and not just repeating my web accessibility posts/presentations) to warrant posting it.
To give you a bit of context, the goal of the presentation was to train staff, who have no prior experience working with persons with disabilities, to provide assistance to users with “perceptual disabilities at a distance”, that is virtually or remotely. Much like the users they would serve, I also made the assumption that staff technical expertise may vary as well. Continue reading “Presentation: Working with Users of Perceptual Disabilities At a Distance”
Angela Hamilton, U of T Scarborough, spoke about technologies that she has used particularly at a campus where many are commuter or distance education students.
Libguides: Customized tools
- branding yourself for students to recognize you as their librarian: picture, meebo, contact info
- info on what is an article, database, annotated bibliography, etc.
- custom course guide
- use the tools available to you
- helps to build relationship with users
Online Meeting Software
- e.g. Adobe Connect
- for more advanced reference questions
- share screen – the “show-er” needs to install a plugin, but viewer doesn’t need to
- one-to-one, but also for teaching sessions
- check vendors for already made videos e.g. ISI for Web of Science
- Jing (sp?) – free 5 min videos
- answer longer questions
- can also do it at the reference desk and e-mail it to them
- esp useful for non-techsavvy and ESL students to review later
- can also work for one-on-one session if have software for longer videos
I think some of the ideas presented here are great ways to give students further reference on how to do their research, especially on-the-spot screencasts for customized tutorials for them to review later.