The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) employs various technologies to its full potential, and provides maximum support for its students and staff. To accomplish this, we have identified these main technologies:
Content Management System:
The IDPP currently uses Drupal 7, an open-source content management system (CMS), as the platform for its Web portal. A CMS, at its core, is a technology that supports and encourages collaboration among an organization. This platform allows staff to manage the IDPP's workflow, and lays the foundation for collaboration. The accessiblility of the platform, its user management tools, and customizable modules allow us to deliver information to our networks, students, and the public.
Learning Management System:
The IDPP utilizes Blackboard 9.1 learning management system. Blackboard has a commitment to accessibility, as shown through their Accessibility User Group, which includes members of the user community, along with Blackboard Client Support, Technical Communications, Product Design, and User Interface Design representatives. IDPP staff utilize this community to ensure the greatest possible user experience.
The IDPP uses both Blackboard Ultra and Blackboard Collaborate v12 to deliver interactive and synchronous content (classes, seminars, trainings, office hours, etc.). This technology is built for live, multimedia, and many-to-many collaboration using a Collaborative Communications Framework that ensures that all learners are in sync, regardless of computer platform or Internet connection speed. The "No User Left Behind" technology states that all learners, including those with disabilities, get a richer, more interactive learning experience. The IDPP employs this platform in many ways, including hosting classes, group projects, faculty office hours, and more.