[AI] MCSE query
pranaik at gmail.com
Thu May 10 02:49:33 CDT 2007
Thanks Shiv for prompt reply. But I have already read this article on
Microsoft website. It is quite old article (many years old) as you can see
jaws version used 3.1.
I am looking for current information and persons who can guide us in
preparing and giving MCSE online exams.
Many thanks Shiv.
On 5/10/07, Shiv <shivraheja at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Prashant! Hope the below article will be of interest.
> A Clear Vision for the Future
> Visually Impaired Students Receive Training Toward MCSE (Microsoft
> Systems Engineer) Designation Leading to Rewarding New Careers.
> Blindness is challenging. Computers are challenging. But, for three
> impaired graduates of a recent Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
> training course, meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles is just what
> takes to attain the rewarding new careers they're after. While the
> ultimately succeed by their own talent and hard work, a creative new
> approach by computer networking education center, iTec, and Lions World
> Services for
> the Blind-both of Little Rock, Arkansas-provides a boost.
> Early last year, iTec, established in Arkansas in 1994, and
> Lions World Services for the Blind,
> a comprehensive adult rehabilitation center serving people who are blind
> visually impaired since 1947, teamed up to offer blind and visually
> students the same MCSE certification training available to other students.
> The impetus to include students with visual impairments in the training
> from the students themselves. "We had people who are blind just come in
> the street and ask for the training," says iTec director of training
> Goins. "Their complaint was 'no one wants to accommodate us; no one knows
> how to accommodate us.' Now we can," she says. Lions World's role in the
> partnership is to recruit and evaluate students while iTec focuses on
> Although computers have been used for some time to assist people with
> impairments, teaching these individuals to design and run a computer
> is a new idea.
> The 9-month course, begun in February 2001, graduated its first class of
> five students in October 2001, following completion of the final stage of
> month-long internship. Opportunity was not far behind for the three
> with visual impairments who completed the course-all three obtained
> offers with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and began transitioning to
> their new assignments this month. Lions World Services for the Blind
> career placement for the students by setting up interviews, but they were
> all accepted on their own achievements, says Goins-placement was not a
> MCSE Certification Can Open Doors
> The chance to learn new computer networking skills and become MCSE
> gives blind and visually impaired individuals a powerful new career
> "It goes without saying that it is a considerable challenge to achieve in
> this program," says Goins. "It requires a great deal of ambition,
> and elbow grease on behalf of each and every student involved. The result,
> however, is a group of effective and productive individuals who have
> earning power in the job market."
> Certification Exams Are Rigorous
> The certification exams that the students must pass are standardized by
> Microsoft. Students with visual impairments are not given special
> to their impairment. In addition to the lengthy scenario-based questions,
> they must be able to figure out the drag-and-drop and diagramming
> like other students. The result is that their industry-standardized MCSE
> certification holds up to the certification of any other MCSE anywhere
> the world.
> When the students have completed the entire MCSE course, they can:
> List of 9 items
> . Identify the information technology needs of an organization and design
> information technology solution to fit those needs.
> . Troubleshoot and correct hardware problems and software configuration
> . Install and configure Windows 2000 Professional and Server.
> . Connect Windows 2000 Clients to networks and the Internet.
> . Create and manage user accounts.
> . Use groups to manage resources such as files, programs, and printers.
> . Configure and manage disks and partitions.
> . Design a network that incorporates security as part of the fundamental
> . Upgrade a Windows NT 4.0 network to Windows 2000.
> list end
> Assistive Technology Aids Learning
> During the course, students with visual impairments study exactly the same
> curriculum as other students. Teaching style and the addition of a few
> are the only differences. While other students rely on their sight, their
> keyboards and the mouse, students with visual impairments rely on touch
> and use assistive technology to help them access their computers. A screen
> reader called
> JAWS(r) for Windows 3.7
> is used by blind students in the classes while students with partial
> use a screen magnifying program called
> to enlarge images and text on the screen. Some students also use
> computer-integrated print magnifiers to magnify textbooks and handouts.
> Low-tech Tools Help Too
> Some concepts that must be learned in the course do not involve working on
> the computer. For these, simple, inexpensive tactile devices work
> To teach diagramming for networking design theory, for example, felt
> with Velcro shapes and yarn connectors are used. Complicated binary number
> math problems involving strings of 1's and 0's occurring in 8-digit groups
> are taught with another low-tech tool-"We use egg cartons and sugar
> say Goins. "This helps students conceptualize the binary numbering scheme.
> Using this tool, a student is presented with a complex problem in a
> form-making it simpler for them to ask questions, and for the instructor
> explain the answer."
> Alternative Formats Another Important Tool
> Materials preparation is one of the most time-consuming aspects of
> presenting the course to blind and visually impaired students according to
> Goins. In
> addition to the custom-designed teaching aids mentioned above, all tests,
> worksheets, notes, and books are made available in a number of formats.
> who have mild to moderate visual difficulties might require their
> in print format-just in a larger font size. Students who have very severe
> or who are totally blind, might need their materials in digital format-on
> floppy disks, for example. All the books used in the course have text
> available on CD-ROM. Any extra work is well worth the effort says Goins.
> taking it upon ourselves to ensure that materials are readily available,
> free up the students to focus on the subject matter instead of wondering
> they will be able to get a copy of the notes read off onto a recorder or
> into an imaging program."
> More Students on the Way to Certification
> Following the success of the first, a second class began last August and
> recruitment is nearly complete for a third class, which will begin in
> 2002. Internships will be extended to a 2-month period, starting in
> February, bringing the total length of the program to 10 months.
> Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
> (MCSE) credential is the premier certification for professionals who
> the business requirements and design and implement the infrastructure for
> solutions based on the Microsoft Windows(r) operating system and Microsoft
> Servers software.
> Internships are a Win-Win for Students and Sponsors
> The internships that follow the in-class studies provide students with an
> opportunity to put their skills to work. Employers who sponsored the
> included the Arkansas Department of Information Services, Intelistaf, and
> the Little Rock Air Force Base. "Comments back from both students and
> about their experience were highly favorable," says Goins. "The students
> the chance to show off what they know and the employers come to rely on
> expertise of their student interns."
> iTec Trainers Get Trained
> To prepare for teaching students with visual impairments, iTec instructors
> and staff were trained by Lions World. "We learned about things like
> retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa-two of the leading causes of
> and how and when to assist blind individuals," says iTec instructor
> Goins, "One of the biggest obstacles initially was the fear of offending
> someone by offering assistance they didn't need. We learned that it
> the individual's needs and abilities-not their blindness."
> For More Information
> For those interested in finding out more about the training described
> contact iTec (Information Technology Education Center) or
> Lions World Services for the Blind.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Prashant Naik" <pranaik at gmail.com>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 11:37 AM
> Subject: [AI] MCSE query
> > Hi friends,
> > Does anyone knows visually challenged person/s from India or abroad who
> > has
> > done MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)?
> > Is the study material is available in soft copy format. Any further
> > contact
> > details from Microsoft India for further inquiry? Please let me know.
> > Regards,
> > Prashant Naik
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