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Developing Accessible, Supported, Open Education Materials for the Classroom


Friday, August 9, 2019

1:15PM – 2:45PM ET

The CAST 5th Annual UDL Symposium: Becoming Expert Learners
Cambridge, MA

Lynn McCormack, AEM Center and Megan Simmons, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education

Conference Attendees


Participants will have the opportunity to create a lesson using the Open Author tools on OER Commons. Participants will develop the lesson using features that guide them through the process of creating materials that are available and usable by the widest range of users. Features such as image alternative text, long descriptions as well as adding vocabulary support through glossary words will be explored. Other UDL inspired supports will also be addressed. Participants will also learn how to search OER Commons to find materials that will meet the needs of their diverse learners.

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.

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Alt Tag (alternative text)

Brief description of a single image designed to be read by a screenreader as an alternative to the image.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Framework of learning and teaching, resisting one-size-fits-all approach. Encourages offering multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement.

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