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  • 2. Transfer of expertise to the resource group. - MediaLT
    day teaching remembers this time as challenging but also very rewarding I soon discovered that I had group of highly motivated students with clear expectations of what they expected to achieve Language and communication was not a problem even at the beginning provided that the students adhered to the rule that English was the main classroom language It was perhaps an advantage that English is my native language Although Cathy took main responsibility for the teaching all the staff at MediaLT were involved during the introductory training period There was a lot of ground to be covered a steep hill to climb and not too much time in which to do it The resources of the entire MediaLT staff were close at hand and this also meant that technical problems were solved quickly and teaching was not interrupted for long periods of time The first week was dedicated to setting up a laptop for each teacher and installing screen reading software Jaws the two sighted ladies also installed a screen reader All the installation procedures were demonstrated individually Kuenga and Pema who were familiar with reading Braille were in addition provided with a Braille display Although Kelzang was now severely visually impaired he was not so familiar with Braille Each teacher learnt how to manage his her own laptop during the training period in Norway and took the laptop back to Bhutan as the property of the computer centre designated for his her own personal use during the project The basic concepts of how to manage a computer using a screen reader were taught in a classroom situation Quite naturally both the laptop and especially the screen reader were still strange to all the group excepting Kuenga It took a lot of time and concentration during the initial weeks to become familiar with synthetic speech Frustrations were many and progress was slow at first Module 1 of the ICDL basic concepts of IT was introduced At the same time they learned word processing functions and screen reading functionality Pema and Kelzang who had no previous computer experience were in a particularly demanding situation Extra one to one tuition was often necessary It was however already noticeable that the group were working well together as a team Those with previous computer experience used a lot of time after classes to help their less experienced colleagues Cathy was impressed by their positive approach At the end of some of these early sessions they probably never wanted to see a computer again However they didn t leave it behind in the classroom but took it home to their apartment every evening and practised and practised some more until they had achieved all the day s tasks And there was no disgruntled complaining the next day rather good humour in abundance and a determination to press on Computer settings and file management module 2 were among the next topics all the time putting new knowledge into practice E mail was also introduced at this

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  • 3. Transfer of technology and development of the ICT training program by the resource group. - MediaLT
    members in the resource group were discussed in particular there was much discussion about the role of Leki Zangmo It was the intention of the project that Leki should have the main responsibility for managing the computer centre It had been expected that Leki would be given time off from her teaching responsibilities during the installation of the computer centre Are and Morten expressed the opinion that Leki s role should include responsibility for management of the computer centre with responsibility for updating software hardware maintenance and managing the server and network In the following year however at a meeting at the Department of Education in Thimphu in January 2009 it was proposed that Leki should be assigned a new position at Jigme Sherubling Higher Secondary School as ICT instructor for the visually impaired in classes 11 and 12 During this year the resource group at NIVI was extended to include two new members who were assigned responsibility for managing the computer centre They were Wangchuk and Shriman Gurung Computer centre in the West A smaller computer centre was set up in Paro at Drukgyel Secondary High School Three computers similar to those in Khaling were installed There were some problems with the Internet connection but these were easily resolved after consultation with the Internet supplier DrukNet Pema Chhoygel was responsible for managing this computer centre and for giving training and support to visually impaired students and adults in the Western region Development of the computer literacy programme for classes 1 to 8 by the resource group When Einar Morten and Are were in Thimphu in Spring 2008 a meeting was held with the Department of School Education to discuss the progress of the project It was agreed that the resource group should now start the work to develop the ICT curricula for classes one to eight at NIVI and that the proposed curricula should be presented to the Department of Education at a workshop in the summer Kuenga Chhoegyel Tshering Lhamo and Kelzang Dorji were given the main responsibility for ICT teaching at NIVI and the development of the ICT curricula Leki Zangmo and Pema Chhogyel would assist and comment on the drafts via e mail The summer workshop at NIVI in July 2008 was attended by all the resource group members who had been in Norway except Tshering Lhamo who could not join because of her summer coaching camp at Samtse Karma Jurmi programme officer for school ICT and Ugyen Dorji ICT Curriculum Officer at the Department of Education joined the workshop Staff from the lower and higher secondary schools in Khaling were also present The development of the curricula was completed at this workshop and given preliminary endorsement by the Department of Education During August 2008 pilot teaching of the ICT curricula commenced at NIVI It was later agreed that evaluation of the ICT teaching and curricula should continue throughout 2009 and 2010 ICT handbooks for classes 1 to 8 were developed at summer workshops in 2009 and 2010 Example of an ICT curriculum class 1 Shriman Gurung and Wangchuk later joined the ICT teaching group in 2009 In 2011 the resource group was further extended to include three other teaching staff at NIVI Tandin Wangdi Phuntsho Lhamo and Kumari Gurung Vocational ICT course for adults Following the work on the school curricula the resource group started work to develop an ICT curriculum for a vocational course for visually impaired adults most of whom were in study and or employment situations The in service curriculum was completed by January 2009 when the first ICT course for adults was held at NIVI The four week course attended by ten adults was organized and run by the resource group in collaboration with the Department for Special Education Similar courses were then held annually in January 2010 2011 and in 2012 Laptops with standard Office software and assistive software were provided for all course participants by the project They retained the use of their laptop in their study employment situation after the course and received follow up technical support from Utah Tech and from the resource group The first course in 2009 in Khaling was attended by eight men and two women all of whom were blind or severely visually impaired They were college students or teachers and there was one office assistant ages ranged from 22 to 45 years All members of the resource group took part in the teaching This was an exciting new challenge for them and was the first time they had full responsibility for running a course with new computers and with new beginners who had little previous experience One of the laptops was not functioning well but Utah Tech helped to solve this problem Trond Ausland and Bjørn Gulbrandsen from MediaLT accompanied by Einar travelled to Bhutan in January 2009 They were present during the second half of the in service ICT course at NIVI During this time they were able to observe the teaching and found that the course was progressing satisfactorily and that students were pleased with what they had achieved so far Tshering Phuntsho one of the course participants commented I had no knowledge at all about computers before this course so this has helped me a lot The course has been very good and the teachers are very knowledgeable I m very happy to participate in this course Bjørn and Trond were on hand to help solve any problems and for the evaluation after the course The resource group took full responsibility for the teaching In 2010 the venue for the course moved further south to Galegphug Higher Secondary School a popular location with a warmer climate Participants were of a similar age to those on the first course again predominantly male with two ladies and a greater variation in occupations telephone receptionist physiotherapist teacher counsellor programme coordinator and assistant lecturer Sanga one of Einar s former pupils and now head of the physiotherapy programme in Paro was present As

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  • 4. Project achievements so far and future sustainability. - MediaLT
    to computer technology is helping visually impaired in other occupations The telephone receptionists realize that with these skills they would now be able to prepare monthly reports up date the numbers of official and private calls check and balance the amount spent for the telephone budget The Buddhist Lama feels that he can now browse Internet and acquire more knowledge on his subject support day to day work in the office of the monastic body correspond and keep track with friends and relatives participants on the third in service course The development and teaching of the ICT curricula at NIVI and the use of these curricula as a model for ICT education in mainstream school is very encouraging with respect to promoting ICT skills for disabled users in the future Computer literacy among visually impaired users is steadily expanding through the introduction of computers to teachers and other visually impaired adults Kuenga Chhoeygel continues his commitment to the work at NIVI and during the final year of the project took responsibility for ICDL training for other teachers at the Institute Four teachers have now completed six modules of the ICDL The success of these initiatives should also be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the resource group The close co operation and contact with Norwegian colleagues established during their initial training at MediaLT enabled the resource group to achieve sufficient technical expertise and an understanding of how best to use this expertise in the work that lay ahead Time away from responsibilities at home was also a key factor in their development from a group of five teachers from different backgrounds to a well organized resource group during the early phase of the project The expertise and technology acquired in Norway provided the basis for further training and support when they returned to Bhutan Through contact by e mail Skype and online teaching they were able to receive continuous support from MediaLT allowing quick solutions to any problems that arose at the computer centre Online teaching a relatively new concept in this type of development work proved to be a very effective way to update the resource group As the resource group expanded they were able to successfully pass on their expertise to newer members Some of the training for example training in web design for a larger group would have been easier face to face This could have taken place in Bhutan MediaLT planned for a web course and DAISY course in Bhutan in October 2011 but after protracted discussions about the venue for the course in Khaling or at a more central location in the West the trip was unfortunately cancelled Adequate management of the computer centre at NIVI will be important for the future sustainability of the ICT programme When the centre was first set up concerns were raised about the state of the school buildings Subsequent work on the new administration building is a positive indication that the authorities want to support the Institute

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  • Epilogue - MediaLT
    developing and improving the skills of our Institute Cathy Kalvenes was a great asset for NIVI She has not only taught the resource core group for six months in Norway but also guided through Office 2007 and supported and guided for developing and maintaining the web site Every year when the computer training was conducted the stories of the past would be revealed unfolding the pictures of the past and reinforcing to build a better future and above all thanking MediaLT NORAD and the Norwegian Mission for the wonderful job they have done within the five years of time This project the so called ICT project I understand as the torch bearer to many successes be it at a personal level or amongst the various organizations Had this project not started Pema Chhogyel would not be a great successful leader in Special Education at the Ministry of Education nor would Kelzang Dorji have become a distinguished renowned achiever of a distance education programme None of the officials be it in the Ministry and other organizations would ever have believed that blind people can make use of a computer and can work equally In the ICT handbook development and other workshops seeing the visually impaired efficiently using the laptop they not only marvelled but took to a great surprise The seed to the birth of the Disabled Peoples Association of Bhutan was sown by the ICT project The users network proved to be so powerful a tool keeping the visually impaired alumni members together as if discussing in a single locked room None of us had ever imagined that this network would grow stronger day by day Even the founding father of the Institute Mr Einar Kippenes would never have imagined the web site of the Institute Today this is serving as a platform for knowledge and information While I had dreamt so many of these achievements never did I know that these dreams of mine would come true Quite often I thought that those were crazy dreams dreams that fools would dream And I know for sure that many dreams of the dreamers do not come true You shared my dreams and made these dreams come to a reality As the time comes nearer to the end of my career in one and half decades from now I shall retire from my job with full satisfaction and shall have stories to tell to my grandchildren of the great job that NORAD the Norwegian Mission and MediaiLT had done for the visually impaired people of Bhutan As we come to the end of the project may I take of my hat and sincerely thank MediaLT NORAD and the Norwegian Mission for hearing our voice for building a better road for the future and above all for answering our prayers You have taught us to stand on our own feet perhaps it is now our responsibility to learn to walk and run efficiently You have taught us to feed ourselves Perhaps now

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  • Lenker/referanser - MediaLT
    og elektroniske interaktive pekebøker Datakortet og ECDL PD Øyetelefonen Kurs i interessemedvirkning Spillehula Underholdene programvare for mennesker med sammensatte lærevansker UPS Stemint Atlas 2006 Brukererfaring med fulltekst DAISY bøker Tilgjengelighet til nettsider i ABM sektoren Pekebøker for alle Fri programvare KJEMI Scientific education for people with visual disabilities Universelt utformet interaktivt læremateriell UTIN HEM web Lydtekst PIKT Parkinsons IKT utfordringer Tilgjengelig Web Publisering TWP MIKT Modul i IKT og tilgjengelighet

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  • Nettborger - MediaLT
    10 2013 WCAG brukt på ikke webinnhold 07 09 2013 Eksempelsamling om web og universell utforming 06 06 2013 I Universitetsforlagets hender 15 05 2013 Ønsker å bli best på universell utforming 08 04 2013 Gratistilbud til funksjonshemmedes organisasjoner 05 03 2013 Gode nettsider med universell utforming endagskurs 13 mars 06 02 2013 Vant enda et anbud Evaluering av innloggingstjenesten FEIDE 23 10 2012 Tips noen om siden Del på Facebook Del på Twitter Del på e post Undermeny Bok om uu og web Eplekjekt IL kurs FRES FrEmtidens Synstolking Bok om uu og dokumenter Jobbklar SETT Synstolk nETT UNIFILM Universelt utformet film Avsluttede prosjekter Synshemmede voksne og elektroniske interaktive pekebøker Datakortet og ECDL PD Øyetelefonen Kurs i interessemedvirkning Spillehula Underholdene programvare for mennesker med sammensatte lærevansker UPS Stemint Atlas 2006 Brukererfaring med fulltekst DAISY bøker Tilgjengelighet til nettsider i ABM sektoren Pekebøker for alle Fri programvare KJEMI Scientific education for people with visual disabilities Universelt utformet interaktivt læremateriell UTIN HEM web Lydtekst PIKT Parkinsons IKT utfordringer Tilgjengelig Web Publisering TWP MIKT Modul i IKT og tilgjengelighet PIPPI Eurochance2 Film mellom ørene Ressursnettverket Universell IKT Universal User Competence UUC Projisert Interaktiv PC styring PIP Tynne klienter og hjelpemiddelteknologi Lydstyring Barnestemme

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  • Sammendrag - MediaLT
    hjelpemidler i forhold til sosiale medier og andre rike applikasjoner Hvilke utfordringer som eksisterer og hvordan disse skal løses finnes det begrenset med kunnskap om Brukerkontakt standardiseringsarbeid brukersentrert design mm vil være virkemidler for å identifisere problemer men også for å finne innovative løsninger Utvikle metoder for å sikre universell utforming i sosiale medier Kunnskapen om universell utforming og teknologiutvikling har begrensninger I prosjektet skal eksisterende metodikk vurderes og det skal utvikles metoder som i større grad sikrer universell utforming som prosess Utvikle brukerteste og evaluere en demonstrator Demonstratoren skal fungere som en pilot for både brukergrensesnitt og metodeutvikling FoU utfordringene vil her både være å ta høyde for menneskers ulike forutsetninger og behov støtte for standarder i eksisterende teknologi og gjennomføring av distribuerte tester feedback fra funksjonshemmede Prosjektet vil være med på å utvikle ny kompetanse på et fagfelt hvor det er lite systematisert kunnskap i Norge og i verden forøvrig Målet er at prosjektresultatene kan benyttes av virksomheter for å utnytte sosiale medier som kommunikasjonsstrategi også når de ønsker å nå alle mennesker Dette vil kunne ha stor samfunnsmessig betydning både mht menneskers demokratiske rettigheter muligheter for å delta i sosiale nettverk osv Tips noen om siden Del på Facebook Del på Twitter Del på e post Undermeny Bok om uu og web Eplekjekt IL kurs FRES FrEmtidens Synstolking Bok om uu og dokumenter Jobbklar SETT Synstolk nETT UNIFILM Universelt utformet film Avsluttede prosjekter Synshemmede voksne og elektroniske interaktive pekebøker Datakortet og ECDL PD Øyetelefonen Kurs i interessemedvirkning Spillehula Underholdene programvare for mennesker med sammensatte lærevansker UPS Stemint Atlas 2006 Brukererfaring med fulltekst DAISY bøker Tilgjengelighet til nettsider i ABM sektoren Pekebøker for alle Fri programvare KJEMI Scientific education for people with visual disabilities Universelt utformet interaktivt læremateriell UTIN HEM web Lydtekst PIKT Parkinsons IKT utfordringer Tilgjengelig Web

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  • Prosjektgruppe - MediaLT
    SETT Synstolk nETT UNIFILM Universelt utformet film Avsluttede prosjekter Synshemmede voksne og elektroniske interaktive pekebøker Datakortet og ECDL PD Øyetelefonen Kurs i interessemedvirkning Spillehula Underholdene programvare for mennesker med sammensatte lærevansker UPS Stemint Atlas 2006 Brukererfaring med fulltekst DAISY bøker Tilgjengelighet til nettsider i ABM sektoren Pekebøker for alle Fri programvare KJEMI Scientific education for people with visual disabilities Universelt utformet interaktivt læremateriell UTIN HEM web Lydtekst PIKT Parkinsons IKT

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