Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Buzzi M. C., Buzzi M., Leporini B., Mori G. Educational Impact of Structured Podcasts on Blind Users. In: UAHCI-HCI 2011 - 6th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, Held as Part of HCI International 2011 (Orlando, FL - USA, 9-14 Luglio 2011). Proceedings, pp. 521 - 529. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science - Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services, vol. 6768). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011.
Podcasts are increasingly present in education. However, sequential and continuous listening to didactic material might not be the most appropriate form for learning. For instance, if not well-organized, it can be frustrating to retrieve specific information from educational podcasts. We believe that structured podcasts (i.e., audio files that exploit the document structure) could facilitate navigation and search of content. In this paper we investigate the impact of structured podcasts on blind users, through a user test and satisfaction questionnaire administered to eighteen visually-impaired persons. Results confirm that structured podcasts are simple to use, rapid to explore and are greatly appreciated by blind users.
URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-21657-2_56
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-21657-2_56
Subject screen reader
audio podcast
H.5.2 User Interfaces. Graphical user interfaces (GUI)
K.4.2 Handicapped persons/special needs
K.3.1 Computer Uses in Education

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