Power of OER to Support Diverse Learners

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Online Teaching Conference 2012 San Jose, CA presentation by Jayme Johnson, High Tech Center Training Unit and Una Daly, Community College Outreach Manager at the Open Courseware Consortium on how to create and evaluate open educational resources for accessibility.

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Power of OER to Support Diverse Learners

  1. 1. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.The Power of OER to Support Diverse Learners Una Daly, Open Courseware Consortium Jayme Johnson, High Tech Center Training Unit
  2. 2. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Una Daly,Community College OutreachOCW Consortium
  3. 3. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Jayme JohnsonHigh Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) InstructorCalifornia Community Colleges
  4. 4. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Overview•  OCW Community College Consortium•  What is OER?•  Why accessible OER?•  High Tech Center Training Unit•  What is accessibility?•  How to make content accessible•  Demonstration
  5. 5. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. CCCOER Mission•  Promote adoption of OER to enhance teaching and learning. –  Expand access to education for all –  Support faculty development in OER –  Advance community college mission
  6. 6. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Education Webinars 2012Month TopicJanuary 31 Open Math Home Assessment SystemsFebruary 28 Writing Commons: Open Textbook CommunityMarch 27 Fostering OER-friendly policies at your collegeMay 1st Finding and Selecting High Quality OERMay 2nd Revolution in Learning: Community College Consortium for OERMay 22 Open Course Library : Public SpeakingJune 26 Faculty Perceptions of OER & Transform Your Teaching
  7. 7. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Open Educational Resources Digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self- learners to use and re-use for teaching, learning, and research Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2007
  8. 8. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Characteristics of OER•  Digital –  Assistive Technology•  Open License –  Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute•  Low cost –  Lowers barriers to education
  9. 9. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. ExamplesIncludes – •  Course materials •  Modules or lessons •  Open CourseWare (OCW) •  Open textbooks •  Videos •  Images •  Tests •  Software •  Any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support ready access to knowledge Creative Commons CC-BY license, Dr. Judy Baker 9
  10. 10. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Why accessibility?•  Improve learning –  50% post-secondary students with disabilities attend 2-year public colleges•  It’s the law! –  Section 508 Morguefile.com –  Web Content Access Guidelines (WCAG) Source: National Center for Education Statistics 2011
  11. 11. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Diverse Learner Challenges•  Cognitive learning disabilities•  Sensory & motor impairments•  English language deficits•  Lack of engagement Kersti Nebelsiek CC-BY
  12. 12. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. OER Accessibility Goals•  Improve learning for all –  Universal Design•  Educate OER authors –  Design with accessibility in mind•  Empower faculty OER adopters –  Evaluate and adapt for accessibility
  13. 13. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Open Textbook Accessibility Reviews Textbook: Collaborative Statistics Accessibility reviewed by: Virtual Ability, Inc. http://collegeopentextbooks.org
  14. 14. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.High Tech Training Center Unit California Community Colleges•  State-of-the-art training center for faculty and staff in: –  Assistive Computer Technology –  Alternate Media –  Web Accessibility•  Programs at 110 colleges serving needs of students with disabilities.
  15. 15. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Accessibility = Usability•  Accessibility should never conflict with mission of the institution.•  When done right, accessibility is a natural after-effect of proper design and effective teamwork.
  16. 16. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Accessible by Design•  Closed Captioning for television•  Automatic doors at supermarkets•  Vibrating cell phones•  Volume control pay phones•  Curb cut in sidewalks Licensed cc-by--nc: colorblindPicaso
  17. 17. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. More Definitions•  Technical Accessibility –  Content developed to meet "X" technical evaluation standard•  Usable Accessibility –  Content developed to allow an individual with a disability to interact with it
  18. 18. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Digital Accessibility•  A path to consumption/use•  Different media needs different access strategies•  Structured text is most universally accessible form of digital media.•  Workflows must include accessibility
  19. 19. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Top 3 Access Issues•  Semantic markup –  Structural definitions•  Non-textual content –  Images –  Audio & Videos•  Tables and other complex information
  20. 20. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Creating Accessible Electronic Documents •  Picking a standard for access •  Semantic Structure: Headings, lists, and styles •  Using Color Effectively •  Images and Descriptions •  Naming Hyperlinks •  Table Headers
  21. 21. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Styles in Microsoft Word
  22. 22. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Using Colors Effectively•  High Contrast –  Emphasize differences and similarities•  Color “Coding” –  Multiple means of representation
  23. 23. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.High Contrast
  24. 24. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Representing with Color•  Provide multiple indications of meaning conveyed through color...
  25. 25. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Images & Descriptions•  A picture is worth a thousand words, but you only need about 7...
  26. 26. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Content vs. Container•  Access capabilities for CONTENT –  Access controlled by author•  Access capabilities for CONTAINERS –  Access not controlled by author•  Container limitations must be alleviated through content design when possible.
  27. 27. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Missing Alt Text Example
  28. 28. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Naming Hyperlinks•  Hyperlinks are navigation aids for AT users•  Do NOT use “Click Here”•  Examples –  Download course syllabus (MS Word, 78KB) –  Submit Assignment #3 Here
  29. 29. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Table Headers
  30. 30. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Demonstration
  31. 31. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Video & Audio•  Distance Education Caption Transcription Grant (DECT)•  Voice recognition software•  YouTube: Easy Do-it-Yourself Captioning
  32. 32. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Distance Education Caption & Transcription Grant•  Funding to caption or transcribe –  Your own or purchased videos•  Videos delivered through distance methods for online, hybrid, or on- campus courses.•  Videos contained in learning object repositories. College of the Canyons DECT Grant Administrator
  33. 33. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Voice Recognition Software•  Generates transcription file –  Dragon Dictate for Mac –  Drag Naturally Speaking for PC –  Free Apps as well•  May require editing for accuracy.
  34. 34. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. YouTube Captioning•  Create your own transcription file –  Voice recognition software –  Write script•  Auto-Captions on YouTube –  Download the auto-generated file –  Correct the captions in file and upload
  35. 35. advancing formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses. Join our community•  Join the Community College Consortium http://oerconsortium.org•  Visit High Tech Center Training Unit http://htctu.net•  Take @One Training: Creating Accessible Online Courses http://www.onefortraining.org/
  36. 36. advancing formal and informal learning through the Q&A worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality education materials organized as courses.Thank you for attending this morning Handout available Contact us: Jayme Johnson: jjohnson@htctu.net Una Daly: unatdaly@ocwconsortium.org

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