Reporter 448, 6 March 2000

The talking web

A ground-breaking virtual classroom for dyslexic and visually-impaired students has been developed by Sally Macgill and Mike Parry at the School of the Environment. The prototype ‘talking web’ classroom provides a structured environment in which students can access course materials, submit work and communicate with each other and with staff.

Its pioneering advance over other web-based learning environments is the instant and user-friendly access to support facilities, including customisable colour settings and means of hearing text spoken out loud.

"We are delighted with the response from students, who tell us the site is easy to navigate and helps them concentrate," said project director Sally Macgill.

Production has been supported by a BT university development award, and the team is now seeking sponsors and industrial collaborators.

See the following page for further information multimed.htm

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