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OER and Accessibility with Open BCcampus and CU PhET Simulations

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Published on Oct 21, 2015

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for aenabld car license free and open webinar on selecting and creating open educational resources that support all learners regardless of disabilities. The mission of the Open Education community is to expand access to education, which highlights the importance of ensuring that OER used in the classroom follow guidelines for accessibility as well as affordability.

Speakers will share their experiences in adapting open textbooks and interactive science simulations to meet the needs of diverse learners. Important standards including the international Web Content Access Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) from the Worldwide Web Consortium will be introduced and the role they play in developing accessible digital content.

Date: Wed, October 14, Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST

Featured Speakers:

Amanda Coolidge, Open Education Manager, Open BCcampus
will describe the process of user testing open textbooks with post-secondary students who have print disabilities focusing on lessons learned in this process and how this data fed into the creation of a toolkit on accessibility for open textbook authors.

Emily Moore, Director of Research & Accessibility, PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder will share ways that PhET SIMs teachers currently use to support diverse learners and give an update on the main accessibility efforts in the prototype and development phase. She will also demonstrate a few of the new accessibility features that teachers can look forward to in the future.

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