[T.E.L.L. March] Can I actually use it? Testing open textbooks for accessibility

In this month’s T.E.L.L. session the BC Open Textbook project will be explained and the process involved in user testing open textbooks with post-secondary students who have print disabilities. The resulting Accessibility Toolkit will be presented and universal design for learning will be discussed.

Presenters and Session Description

Title: Can I actually use it? Testing open textbooks for accessibility
When: 11:00 AM (PDT), March 31, 2015
Who: Tara Robertson, CAPER-BC; Amanda Coolidge, BCcampus; Sue Doner, Camosun College
Where: ETUG Room in BB Collaborate (Link below). If this is your first time using BB Collaborate web conferencing, see some great tips here.

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Session Description

Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian, CAPER-BC
Amanda Coolidge, Manager, Open Education, BCcampus
Susan Doner, Instructional Designer, Camosun College

Tara manages alternate format production of textbooks and other course materials for post-secondary students with print disabilities. She also advocates for students with print disabilities and collaborates with other organizations to improve access to accessible materials.

Amanda supports the development and sharing of open educational resources in BC. She project manages the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER and provides technical and instructional design support for the BC Open Textbook Project.

Sue supports faculty in their development and delivery of web-based materials and activities for online and blended courses. As part of this process, Sue encourages faculty to consider the principles of Universal Instructional Design and proactively address potential accessibility barriers in their text and multimedia materials.

Amanda will broadly describe BC Open Textbook project. Tara will describe the process of user testing open textbooks with post-secondary students who have print disabilities. Sue will present the Accessibility Toolkit and talk about universal design for learning.