¡A su salud! uses a complementary mix of technologies
to deliver a high-quality Spanish language program that can
be adapted to the specific needs of institutions and organizations.
The centerpiece of ¡A su salud! is broadcast-quality
dramatic video. In addition to the main storyline (Historia),
video is used in interactive exercises throughout the program's
four units. The video and interactive exercises are integrated
through an easy-to-use interface created and programmed with
©Macromedia Director. The program files (video and interactive
exercises) are delivered via DVD-ROM.
Interactive exercises on the DVD-ROM are programmed to link
to relevant web tools and resources. These web links are part
of the standard navigation on the DVD and can be customized
to link to local course management systems (e.g., Blackboard,
WebCT) or stand-alone web tools (e.g., discussion forums,
chat rooms, and quizzes), course websites or resource webpages.
This feature will allow institutions and organizations to
leverage their existing investments in web technologies. Web
technology is also used in the ¡A su salud! program
to support both asynchronous communication and synchronous
conferencing among students and instructors. Web-based conferencing
solutions for use with ¡A su salud! are currently
The ¡A su salud! project is committed to ensuring
that the final version of ¡A su salud! can be
used by all interested students, including those with disabilities.
Because the development environment for the DVD-based component
of ¡A su salud! does not support accessibility
features, the Interdisciplinary Development Committee is exploring
the feasibility of an alternative web-based version of the
product as well. With assistance from the National
Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and additional funding
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the
Committee has begun development of a web-based prototype of
and video (with audio
descriptions and captioning)
from the DVD that will adhere to the standards set forth in
508 of the US Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
System requirements for using ¡A su salud! can
be found on the Yale
University Press ¡A su