Empowering young deaf and visually impaired people: health, safety and sexuality
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Appendix 4 Empowering Young Deaf and Visually Impaired People Trial version of CD-ROM Questionnaire for pupils - please circle or tick your choice
1 First impressions
A: If you can see the screen, is there anything you would like to change of the following:
Letters: The letters have been
chosen because they have bright colours to contrast with the background
and they are quite plain to make them easy to read.
Q: do you like the lettering? YES or NO
Q: or would you make it bigger? YES or NO
Q: or smaller? YES or NO
Background: the background
is white because this makes the pages faster to load than having a graphic
background. It also makes it clearer to read.
Q: do you like a plain white background? YES or NO
Q: or would you make it coloured? YES or NO
Q: or with a graphic design? YES or NO
there arent many pictures on the pages. This is for two reasons.
Firstly we wanted to make the pages load quickly onto your screen and
secondly because we wanted to find out how you feel about pictures. Some
of the pages, like the pages on food, have pictures.
Q: do you prefer to have pictures on the pages to go with the text? YES or NO
Q: would you like there to be pictures on all the pages? YES or NO
on the pages any links to other pages are underlined but there are also
little pictures at the bottom of the page which take you to the main parts
of the website.
Q: are the links easy to use? YES or NO
Q: is it a good idea to have a choice of words and pictures as links? YES or NO
If you have problems seeing the
Q: Do you know how to set your browser to suit you, for instance background colour and text size? YES or NO
B: If you cannot see the
screen could you please tell us about the following points:
Q: Is it easy to find the text only version of the webiste? YES or NO
Q: Do you prefer to use the text only version? YES or NO
Q: Do you try to use the pages with graphics first? YES or NO
If you are using pages with graphics:
Q: Do you know how set your browser to turn the graphics off? YES or NO
Q: If you havent turned the graphics off do they get in the way? YES or NO
Q: Are the links easy to use? YES or NO
Q: Do you find yourself getting lost easily? YES or NO
Q: If you get lost is it easy to get back to somewhere you know? YES or NO
2 Whats in it?
Q: Do you think the link names are easy to understand? YES or NO
(for instance Stay Sharp is talking about drugs)
When you come to a page of information:
Q: Do you read the text first?: YES or NO
Q: Do you look at the sign video first?: YES or NO
Q: Do you listen to the audio?: YES or NO
These questions are for text, audio and video
Is the information easy to understand:
Q: Are the pages too long; would you like them split up more?: YES or NO
Q: Are the words too complicated; would you like more explanation about what they mean?: YES or NO
Is the information interesting:
Q: Do you already know a little about what is on the pages?: YES or NO
Q: Do you already know most of what is on the pages?: YES or NO
Q: Do you think the tone of the information is too formal or stuffy?: YES or NO
Q: Do you think the pages tell you enough?: YES or NO
Q: Do you think the pages dont tell you enough?: YES or NO
3 Video clips
Video clips, when they are loaded onto a computer, are very large files, which means they take up a lot of room. In order to get as many video clips as possible onto the CD-ROM we have to squash them down to a much smaller size. This means that the appearance of the video changes. There are videos on the website at different compressions. The most squashed videos look quite strange: they have a sort of bitty appearance.
Q; Can you understand what the people are saying in the blurred video clips? YES or NO
Q: Can you understand what the people are saying in the better video clips? YES or NO
All of the people in the video clips
are deaf. They are reading written English and translating it. This means
that it is not true BSL but as close as they can get.
Q: Are the video clips better than reading the text (do you understand them better)?: YES or NO
Q: Would you like to see the video clips split up into sections (like the text)?: YES or NO
Look through the video clips and see
if you can find one you really cannot understand: if you DO find one,
please note down here what it is called:
4 Audio clips
For people who cannot see the screen, please answer the following questions.
Q: Can you access the audio clips easily? YES or NO
We have had some technical problems with the clarity of the recordings:
Q: Do you understand what the people
are saying? YES or NO
Q: Are the audio clips better than using your synth to read the text?: YES or NO
Q: Would you like the audio clips tone indexed or split into sections (like the text)?: YES or NO
5 Whats next?
This CD-ROM is only a trial version. Once you have tried it out and we have made all the changes you suggest it will be turned into a CD for all schools who want it.
Some of the things which will be on
the final CD but not on the trial are:
Names of people to contact for more information at the end of every page
More video clips
More audio clips
Please tell us if you think any of the following are good ideas:
A section where pupils can send in their own news and views (in any format you want) YES or NO
A noticeboard where pupils can offer stuff for sale, swap or looking for a special item. YES or NO
A problem page where pupils can sort out their troubles. YES or NO
A part of the website to be actually on the Internet so that other people can see parts of it and can perhaps leave their own messages or news. YES or NO
Please write down any other ideas
you have about the website: things you like, things you hate and things
you think no decent website should be without!
Thank you very much for filling in this questionnaire.
Empowering Young Deaf and Visually Impaired People
Trial version of CD-ROM
Note for teachers
There is a text only version of the pupil questionnaire on a floppy disc which accompanies the CD-ROM. This should be compatible with any computer platform (but does not have formatting such as bold and different type sizes). If you find you cannot read the text on the floppy, please contact me on 0131 651 6070.
Please let us know if you need copies
of the pupil questionnaire in braille and if so, how many copies.
At the end of the trial period (late April or early May 2000) I will write again and enclose a stamped, addressed envelope to each participant so that they can return any completed questionnaires.
The pupils can answer the questionnaire
in any format they choose:
fax: 0131 651 6501
textphone: 0131 651 6067
phone: 0131 651 6070
anything by post (computer disc - pc or Apple Macintosh; text; video - VHS, camcorder or digital; tape cassette or braille)
to: Elizabeth Izatt, Empowering Project, Scottish Sensory Centre, Moray House, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
We would very much like your comments on this CD and especially how useful you think it could be. We are not producing a formal questionnaire for teachers but would prefer you to simply jot down anything you would like to say.
Finally, we do not expect this trial to pass without any technical hitches! The process of producing CD-ROM for different computer platforms is entirely new to us and so we are prepared for troubleshooting (in fact we absolutely need to do this before the CD goes for pressing). We expect to have to visit some schools in order to try and sort out technical problems so please do not hesitate to get in touch at any of the above numbers/addresses.Thank you very much for your participation
© Scottish Sensory Centre July 2000