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Open Textbooks and Accessibility


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Can I actually use it? Testing open textbooks for accessibility

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Open Textbooks and Accessibility

  1. 1. “Can I actually use it?” Testing open textbooks for accessibility • Amanda Coolidge, Tara Robertson, and Sue Doner • November 18, 2015 @acoolidge @tararobertson @SueDoner #opened15 #a11y
  2. 2. BC Open Textbook Project
  3. 3. Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework 1 2 3 Open Education & Professional Learning Student Services & Data Exchange Collaborative Programs & Shared Services
  4. 4. Open Education & Professional Learning OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello is licensed under a CC-BY 30 License Support & promote the development & use of Open Educational Resources Support the development of effective teaching & learning practices 1 Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework
  5. 5. BC Open Textbook Project 40 free & open textbooks for highest enrolled 1st & 2nd year post-secondary subjects in BC 2013 – 20 for skills & training First province in Canada 2013 – AB & SASK MOU $1 million 2013 - $1 million Visual notes of John Yap announcement, Giulia Forsythe Used under CC-SA license
  6. 6. Why are we doing this project? To increase access to higher education by reducing student costs To give faculty more control over their instructional resources To improve learning outcomes for students Annie Lennox campaigns with Oxfam at the AIDS Conference by Oxfam used under CC-BY-NC-ND license
  7. 7. The Project Don’t reinvent it by Andrea Hernandez released under CC-BY-NC-SA and based on Wheel by Pauline Mak released under CC-BY license
  8. 8. Where do they come from?
  9. 9. Faculty Reviews 291/365 by thebarrowboy used under a CC-BY
  10. 10. Reviews > Adaptations My Adventures Adapting a Chemistry Textbook291/365 by thebarrowboy used under a CC-BY
  11. 11. Publish Many Write Once
  12. 12. Choices for students (and for adapters) Old Leather books, by Wyoming_Jackrabbit used under a CC-BY-NC-SA
  13. 13. Day 1 access to resources
  14. 14. “My textbook is… …back-ordered …in the mail …out of stock …the wrong edition …on hold until my student loan arrives …not needed until I decide I want this course” How often do students start the term without the resources they need?
  15. 15. Our Numbers 135 Open Textbooks 294 Adoptions 19 Institutions 9,275 Students $927,200- 1,204,762
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  17. 17. User testing
  18. 18. Timeline • Mid-November – contacted Disability Service departments to recruit students • December 19 –sent testing instructions to students • January 19—received feedback forms from students • January 27—in person focus group • February 27 –published Accessibility Toolkit
  19. 19. Testing open textbooks One chapter from each of the following: • English Literature • Introduction to Psychology • Introduction to Sociology • British Columbia in a Global Context • Introductory Chemistry
  20. 20. Feedback form For each chapter: • Content questions • Feedback on specific items – navigation, layout, text flow, tables, font, images, links • Overall feedback
  21. 21. Students said… “Please continue to consult with the students who are using these books.” “Thank you again – it is really a privilege to be a part of this. You all did an excellent job – the facilitation, the bits and pieces of logistics, the questions and feedback – great job to all of you!”
  22. 22. Accessibility Toolkit
  23. 23. Our Framework Accommodation: • Individualized adaptation • Often after a course has started • Should be reserved for specific cases. Universal Design for Learning (UDL): • Pro-active “…elimination of barriers from the learning environment.” Accessibility (of digital materials): • Practical application of UDL & W3C standards • Pre-emptive removal of barriers to students with a disability
  24. 24. Scope of the Accessibility Toolkit WHY? • Accessible design is better for ALL learners! WHO? • Faculty/ID’s/Ed.techs who “may not know what they don’t know” WHAT? • Best practices for the different types of textbook content. HOW? • Emphasis on UDL + integration of student personas WHERE? • Delivered in Pressbooks (same platform used for the Open Textbooks)
  25. 25. The Outcome The BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit
  26. 26. Inside the Accessibility Toolkit I. Key Concepts Introduces developers to the framework: • Universal Design for Learning • User Personas II. Best Practices chapters Each chapter includes: • Introduction & context for the type of content • Who are you doing this for? • What do you need to do?
  27. 27. Next Steps Includes: • Incorporating Toolkit into development process for all new Open Textbook creators • French translation online (?) • Second round of testing open trades modules with trades students with learning disabilities
  28. 28. Thank you! @acoolidge @tararobertson @SueDoner