Accessibility Resources for OER

By | March 7, 2015

This post highlights two opportunities to experience accessible online design while learning more about accessibility at the same time – a nice combination.

– Registration is now open for the Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators, co-facilitated by Karen Sorensen, accessibility advocate at  Portland Community College. This course, which begins March 3o, 2015, provides hands-on practice with accessible course design in an online learning environment.

– BCcampus and CAPER-BC recently published the BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit. Interact with an open ebook format while learning how to make an online textbook accessible to all your students.

Redesigning a course to take advantage of open educational resources is the perfect time to make sure that all of your materials are accessible. Universal Design principles suggest that we design courses to be usable by as many people as possible without being adapted or retrofitted. Like a curb cut that is useful for people pushing strollers, wheeling suitcases, walking bikes, and using wheelchairs, accessible course materials benefit a wide range of students with different learning styles, abilities, and needs.