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Screen Readers and CSS: The Fault Lines

Screen Readers and CSS: The Fault Lines

Author: Kalpeshkumar Jain, Lead Accessibility Expert, LearningMate Solutions A massive growth in the digital content over the last couple of years has led to a constant conjecture on how to make this content accessible to assistive technologies, and to screen readers in particular. While striving for an optimal degree of accessibility, we often emphasize HTML semantics, ARIA attributes and/or scripts. While these are significant factors to improve content accessibility, we tend to ignore another important contributor: CSS. Before we jump into...

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An Accessible E-book Reader

An Accessible E-book Reader

By Amit Pandey, Accessibility Consultant, LearningMate Solutions What is an e-book reader? An e-reader, also called an e-book reader or an e-book device, is a mobile electronic device that is designed primarily to read digital books and periodicals. While any device that can display text on a screen may suffice, specialized e-reader devices can optimize portability, enhance readability, and maintain a certain level of accessibility so that people with different needs and abilities can also consume the content. Need for accessibility in e-book...

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LearningMate’s POC on Microsoft Hololens – Mixed Reality

LearningMate’s POC on Microsoft Hololens – Mixed Reality

A nine weeks mixed reality accelerator program was conducted at University of Hull by Microsoft and VISR from June to August 2018. Total, 25 students selected from top universities of the UK were part of the program. This program was attended by Swapnil Nilajkar (Design Lead), Santosh Vishwakarma (Technology Lead), and myself from LearningMate. We were accompanied by 4 bright students who worked on our proof of concept(POC).  Similar to LearningMate, there were four more companies which include – Centrica, Audi, AB InBev, and RB. The final...

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Why Content Management is the Bottleneck to Life-Long Learning Courses & How to Fix It

Why Content Management is the Bottleneck to Life-Long Learning Courses & How to Fix It

It’s no secret that the global demand for higher education is accelerating. In parallel, we are witnessing rapid growth in the demand for online programs that offer new degrees and certificates in emerging fields. Driving this demand is a workforce skills gap marked by two broad groups: a large population of adults without a degree, and those with degrees who need to reskill to remain relevant in the workplace. Tim Cook noted last year that nearly 50% of the people Apple hired did not have a college degree. While Cook doesn’t believe that...

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Competency-based Learning – The Silver bullet for Learning Design?

Competency-based Learning – The Silver bullet for Learning Design?

Remember your high school days? Just before you got your grades declared, you would think, “If I had one more week to study, I could have aced this exam. Next term, I am going to study rigorously. I promise!” For most of us, that “next term” never arrived. Most educators believe that one of the major drawbacks of the seat time-based education system is that it does not allow you enough time to master a skill or knowledge. The prevailing education system, also referred to as an “Assembly Line” education system, is time bound (i.e.,...

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