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UDL Symposium 2019: Developing Accessible, Supported, Open Education Materials for the Classroom


Friday, August 9, 2019

1:15PM – 2:45PM ET

CAST UDL Symposium, Cambridge, MA

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

Presentation slides:

Developing Accessible, Supported, Open Education Materials slides


In this workshop, participants engage directly with Open Author on OER Commons to develop accessible, supported classroom materials. Facilitators for this session guide participants through the creation of accessible instructional materials that offer UDL supports for instructors and learners. Participants may create materials using formats, such as Word or Google Docs, and are invited to bring content into the shared public library of OER Commons. The Open Author tools are openly available, free to use, and encourage sharing among educators through open educational practice.


CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

Non-profit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through research and development.

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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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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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Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

Print-based educational materials converted into specialized formats, related to the requirements of the IDEA statute.

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