Access and Equity in Online Education

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Access and Equity in Online Education

  1. 1. Access and Equity in Online Education<br />
  2. 2. 1<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  3. 3. Why are you here?<br />Equity/Access advocate<br />Neophyte to the issue<br />Program Manager looking for info<br />???<br />2<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  4. 4. What numbers do you see?<br />3<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  5. 5. 4<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br /> 5 with normal color vision, 2 with red-green color blindness<br />http://www.toledo-bend.com/colorblind/ishihara.asp<br />
  6. 6. Myth or Fact?<br />Myth:<br />Handicapped students can’t handle online courses.<br />Fact:<br />Handicapped students have been successful in online courses since they’ve been available.<br />5<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  7. 7. Do We Reach Everyone?<br />Course designers don’t always take into account who might be taking an online course.<br />Mobility impaired (difficulty using a mouse)<br />Visually impaired<br />Auditory impairment<br />6<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  8. 8. There’s a Legal (and ethical) Responsibility<br />Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)<br />Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)<br />Section 504 of the Rehab Act<br />7<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  9. 9. We’re 508 Compliant So We’re Okay<br />Section 508 applies to federally funded websites agencies.<br />Governor’s order makes 508 standards apply to state-funded websites.<br />Because the online delivery platform claims to be 508 compliant that doesn’t make the content compliant.<br />8<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  10. 10. How to make content accessible?<br />Provide alternative delivery mechanisms for content.<br />Alt tags (text descriptions) for graphics<br />Transcripts for audio<br />Captioning for video<br />9<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  11. 11. NCAM Software…<br />MAGpie, software for adding captions and video descriptions to QuickTime, Windows Media, Real and Flash multimedia<br />CCforFlash, a Flash component that can be used to display captions of Flash video and audio content<br />10<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  12. 12. http://ncam.wgbh.org/<br />ccPlayer and ccMP3Player, players that incorporate CCforFlash components; useful for non-Flash authors who want to add captions to Flash video or audio, respectively<br />NCAM QA Favelet, a tool to help developers identify accessibility problems on Web pages<br />11<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  13. 13. How do we make courses accessible?<br />Apply principals of Universal Design for Learning<br />Provide alternative methods of delivering content.<br />Become familiar with adaptive technologies.<br />12<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  14. 14. Universal Design for Learning<br />13<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  15. 15. UDL Guidelines<br />Principle I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation<br />Principle II. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression<br />Principle III. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement<br />http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines<br />14<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  16. 16. Become Proactive<br />Include access and equity issues in teacher professional development and in course design and delivery standards.<br />15<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  17. 17. Resources…<br />http://ncam.wgbh.org/<br />http://ncam.wgbh.org/invent_build/web_multimedia/tools-guidelines<br />JAWS screen reader<br />http://www.freedomscientific.com/products/fs/jaws-product-page.asp<br />16<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  18. 18. Access and Equity in Online Classes and Virtual Schools<br />http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/NACOL_EquityAccess.pdf<br />Universal Design for Learning<br />http://CAST.org<br />http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/<br />http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/<br />17<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />
  19. 19. 18<br />© Rose & Smith Associates<br />Contact Information<br />Bonnie Bracey-Sutton<br /> bonniebraceysutton@emaginosfoundation.org<br /> Robert Plants<br /> bplants@gmail.com<br />Raymond Rose<br /> ray@rose-smith.com<br /> http://blogspot.com/rmrose<br />

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