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Open licensing is an accessibility and inclusion feature of OERs


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Lightning talk presented at OER15 in Cardiff.

Much talk about accessibility is focused on removing primary barriers to the content for those with specific needs (perceptual, cognitive or physical). This can be done with a closed license document as much as an open license document provided it is not encumbered with Digital Rights Management restrictions. However, in practice, restrictive licensing comes with other restrictive practices that prevent accessibility. In many countries, it is legal to make accessible copies despite other restrictions but this requires setting their users apart and putting other barriers in their way.

This lightning talk will showcase several case studies demonstrating how closed licensing puts may be compatible with individual accessibility but works against inclusion. I hope that it will provide another argument for the promotion of OERs at all levels of education.

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Open licensing is an accessibility and inclusion feature of OERs

  1. 1. Open licensing is an accessibility and inclusion feature of OERs Dominik Lukes @TechCzech -
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  4. 4. Presentation on
  5. 5. Projects: iLearnRW, Load2Learn
  6. 6. Accessibility needs
  7. 7. Listen to books (narrated / text to speech)
  8. 8. Change the look of text, images, etc.
  9. 9. Navigate using outlines and maps
  10. 10. Simplify text or make other changes
  11. 11. Current licensing regime (UK)
  12. 12. Print disability license allows modification of copyrighted works for persons with a Print Disability (visual, cognitive physical).
  13. 13. Load2Learn makes textbooks available in accessible formats (Word, ePub) under CLA Print Disability Licence
  14. 14. Excludes EAL, deaf users Excludes modification of content Excludes use by non-Print Disabled users for personal preference
  15. 15. Students love to customise everything.
  16. 16. Inclusion = Don’t stand out!
  17. 17. If all students would use modified documents, those who really need it would not stand out and be more likely to take advantage of assistive technologies.
  18. 18. Image credits
  19. 19. Black Sheep surrounded by Leon Riskin CC BY
  20. 20. Thank you @TechCzech