The National Federation of the Blind officially commended the University of Illinois for the eText digital textbook service provided by CITES. The commendation was voted on and approved as a resolution at the NFB's National Convention in Orlando the first weekend of July.
The resolution "highly commend(s)" the eText group, CITES and the University "for leading the way in higher education by showing other institutions and learning management systems the full power of a flexible, interactive, and well-supported platform that is accessible to the blind and geared to a variety of learning styles and abilities."
Milind Basole, Lead eLearning Professional and manager of the eText service, is proud of the recognition.
"The eText@Illinois team has always believed in not compromising on accessibility," Basole said. "Validation of our work from an esteemed institution like the NFB is not only profoundly gratifying but reinforces our resolve. It also reinforces our belief that accessibility and great user experience go hand in hand."
Created at the University of Illinois, eText is a browser-based, multimedia-enhanced, fully accessible platform for delivering course content and digital textbooks.
eText textbooks save students up to 75% the cost of printed textbooks, with revenue from course packs and homegrown textbook sales returned back to campus departments. Course content on eText can be accessed from a variety of devices, such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones as well as adaptive devices for those with disabilities. eText is compatible with MOOCs and other instructional platforms.
eText is one the most accessible means of delivering electronic course content in the world, and it is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 508. This means that students with visual, hearing and motor impairments can still easily access all of the knowledge found in a textbook available on the eText platform.
Media specialists, instructional developers and other technical experts at Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) consult with authors interested in developing course content for eText. For more information on the eText service, please visit etext.illinois.edu.