The Norwegian Education Experience by Roar Fikkan.
The Norwegian model is making literature accessible through Daisy production systems and through the guidelines of Universal Design.
In 2005 and 2006, Norway got new laws that impacted our thinking of making literature accessible; The copyright act, Anti discrimination act and new law for Universities and colleges. These laws together gave the Universities more responsibility for production of student literature. A much wider group of students with disabilities got the rights of accessible literature and the laws opened for expanding productions formats. This led to the establishment of a Daisy production centre at the University of Oslo.
All systems are designed to be useful to and accessible by students with diverse abilities. The production process and distribution system are fully automated, straightforward and easy to use. Students can mange to operate this system by themselves or they can ask for assistance. One can have access to this system regardless of the student's previous experience, knowledge, or technical skills.
The system converts most formats into accessible literature. The University have selected the Daisy format as standard format for students with disabilities.
The students can choose the format they prefer, but 98% prefer the Daisy format. To make the production and distribution process faster the students must chose one of three standards of production quality as well as 3 distribution channels. This system calls for low-priced investment and is easily manageable, producing literature quickly and with a high degree of accessibility.
Even if the systems are very easy to use UiO offers a training program for students and lecturers. Students get both individual and group lessens in how to use Daisy production systems. Through the course they learn hoe to make their own material accessible and how to make large quantum o literature into Daisy books. Lectures are given courses in making accessible articles and notes. The main challenge is implementing "principles of instruction". This courses have a broad perspective. By implementing practical and theoretical knowledge about Daisy, the lecturers got at new way of presenting their knowledge and evaluation shoes that students are more satisfied and have performed better.