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Community College Consortium for OER at the Open Courseware webinar on October 30, 1:00 pm Eastern for a webinar on how to best support our diverse students by selecting and creating “accessible” open textbooks and open educational resources that provide equitable learning opportunities regardless of disability. A 2011 study of enrollment at post secondary educational institutions indicated that 11% of students self-identify as having a disability and many of these students with disabilities attend our two year public colleges. Speakers include staff from BookShare, the largest online library for students with print disabilities; the Cerritos Community College educational technology department chair who trains faculty to create and evaluate instructional materials for accessibility compliance; and the president of Virtual Ability, a support organization for users with disabilities in Second Life, who reviewed 60 open textbooks for accessibility.
Fred Slone, Director of Literacy at the BookShare project of Benetch. Fred will give us an overview of Bookshare, the largest online library for students with print disabilities and the different technology enhanced options for making the lives of these students easier.
Dr. Cynthia Alexander, Educational Technology Department Chair, Cerritos Community College. Cynthia will give us an overview of accessibility standards and universal design for learning and how faculty can make informed decisions when selecting and creating open educational resources to support all of their students with digital accessible materials.
Alice Krueger, President of Virtual Ability, a support organization for users with disabilities in Second Life. Alice employs workers with disabilities on projects worldwide to evaluate and improve virtual worlds and learning materials so as to better support everyone.