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    OCTOBER 14, 2004
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New usability and accessibility evaluation resources available

Computer Services has a new Usability and Accessibility Lab for the University community. The lab, located in Pearson Hall room 200, contains resources for evaluating Web sites, Web applications, desktop applications and other forms of media to ensure that they are user-friendly and accessible to people with disabilities.

The resources include specialized programs that evaluate a Web site’s usability by analyzing the information architecture and navigation structure. Software is also available to check for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Usability and Accessibility Lab also has an accompanying Web site with links to additional resources. The Web site is ual.temple.edu.

Individuals and departments affiliated with Temple can request an online evaluation survey customized for a particular Web site or application. Survey participants can then log in and access the survey from the Web site. Once the survey is completed, the data will be analyzed using statistical software, and the results will be summarized in various types of reports.

For more information about the Usability and Accessibility Lab or to request a survey, contact Viral Mehta at 204-8733 or Abhishta Bodapati at 204-3025, or e-mail ual@temple.edu.

New enhancement added to TUmail Web site

If you have been unhappy about the way your From address appears in the e-mail messages you send out, now you can change it. TUmail has been enhanced to allow you to update the From field using any of your aliases.

To update the From field, select Preferences on the left side of the TUmail window. Then, in the From field, overwrite your default e-mail address with your e-mail alias. Then click OK at the bottom of the page.

Please note, however, that when you subscribe to a Listserv mailing list, you are identified by your From address. If you change your From address (as explained above), you will not be able to post to the list. In order to post, you must use the same From address that you had when you originally subscribed.

For more information on this new enhancement as well as information on creating aliases, go to www.temple.edu/cs/tumail/aliases.html.

Faculty to share classroom teaching techniques

On Thursday, Oct. 21, in Tuttleman 209, from noon to 1 p.m., faculty and teaching assistants are invited to preview techniques that their colleagues are using to engage students in the learning process in large classroom settings. Come and find out about the use of smart classroom equipment, multimedia and electronic response systems to encourage participation and gain immediate feedback from students.

For more information on this Instructional Technologies Users Group event,
go to www.temple.edu/cs/isc.