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Hi. I am a blind it student doing certificate iv networking from http://www.upskilled.edu.au. And have a assus vivo book x 540 uar laptop. Running windows 10 64 bit 2004 and jaws 2020 and also nvda 2020. Now. Need to do a online assessment. And a external firm called heropa, has a web tool. well does not load, or takes forever to load, is totally unuser friendly and not accessible. Unlabeled graphics, unlabeled buttons, menus buried within sub menus, etc, and no keyboard short cuts, and some of the labelled buttons, does nothing. So, do have a remote server given to me via heropa. For doing a assessment where I have to install windows as a virtual network or install it, configure it, add folders, add desktop shortu cuts, and desktop icons to the task bar, set up and configure a printer. So. The firm when I did login and have a free trial of jaws remote . they have windows server 2016 data centre, and maybe did ask my main trainer Charles lang-ashe, about maybe reserving a spare particion, then could do the assessment that way. If not, what accessible free online servers, or virtual machines or cloud are there. I know there’s no e-mail verification for Microsoft azure. And when I did try to sign up as a student, last year, and tried the call back feature. Because I am on the nbn and have a home landline phone, says does not support voip phones. Don’t have a mobile phone. So was able to sign up for amazon web services, seems accessible, but not able to create any virtual machines, when I selected windows server, said the operation could not be completed or not available. So, what other cloud services and also other online free accessible online remote servers. For blind people. Who cannot see and need to do this. Any ideas, or suggestions. Got till tuesday as this is a long weekend here in Australia.
And so need some ideas.
Thanks.

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Submitted by Ekaj on Saturday, June 6, 2020

I don't know if this is quite what you're after, but I've had good luck with FutureLearn from Open University. I've taken some courses from them, and the platform works very well with VoiceOver. They have a wide variety of courses available, and some require payment once you get to a certain point in the course. I've never tried interacting via their audio chat, but their videos have text transcripts. Check them out at https://www.futurelearn.com . I've also heard good things about Desire2Learn, but never taken anything using that platform. I used WebCT for a class at a community college once and do not recommend them. That was about 2009 though so the platform might've been updated. Hth and good luck.