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  • presentation

    12:00PM – 1:00PM PT on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    As schools scramble to add computer science into their curriculum, accessibility is often an afterthought. This session will focus on accessible coding tools that can be used to ensure all students can gain this important skills that are essential in today’s extremely competitive job market.

  • webinar

    Monday, March 30 – Monday, April 20, 2020

    The AEM Center at CAST is offering free webinars on access and distance education for educators, parents, and those involved in remote instruction.

  • webinar
    Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days | SETDA Coalition for eLearning

    5:00PM – 6:00PM ET on Monday, March 23, 2020

    In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA has compiled and provided resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost with a special section on accessibility. Digital learning environments are known to present physical, sensory, and learning barriers for students with disabilities. As learners and teachers move to fully online environments in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, what are the considerations for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and the accessibility of the materials and technologies selected? What are best practices for supporting students with disabilities remotely?

  • presentation

    4:30PM – 5:30PM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Experience the latest technologies for making math accessible to diverse learners. Math is its own language, and the ability to perceive and process the information in math content can be a barrier that prevents some learners from pursuing careers in math and related STEM fields. In this session, you will explore tools that provide multiple representations of math text, including text to speech supports and sonification.

  • presentation

    9:20AM – 10:20AM ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Learn how to make self-created K-12 and higher ed STEM curriculum materials - including documents, graphics, and videos - accessible to all learners. The four accessible design principles of POUR will be applied to STEM-related course content through a series of material makeover demonstrations. Common examples of materials created by K-12 and higher ed STEM faculty will be first displayed in traditional formats, followed by POUR-aligned accessible versions. Skills covered in this session will include best practices for writing alt text and descriptions for technical images, charts, and graphics; creating closed captions and audio descriptions for video; the application of MathML in documents and websites to make mathematical and scientific notation accessible; and tools for making coding and basic computer science concepts accessible for all learners.

  • presentation

    12:45PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    Accessible educational materials and technologies provide opportunities for learners with disabilities to “acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services” as learners without disabilities. One format for presenting content in a flexible way that addresses the needs and preferences of our diverse learners is EPUB. In this session, participants will learn about best practices for ensuring the accessibility of EPUB publications so that they work for all learners.

  • presentation

    3:00PM – 4:00PM PT on Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Learn about the POUR principles for creating and evaluating accessible educational materials that work for all learners.

  • presentation

    2:00PM – 4:45PM ET on Friday, November 8, 2019

    Accessibility of an OER means that all students are afforded the same opportunity to learn from a material, regardless of the tools they use for access. Learner variability is the norm, not the exception, so consideration of the ways students interact with digital materials is essential for curating and authoring inclusive OER.

  • presentation

    11:00AM – 11:25AM MT on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    In this session, participants will learn about best practices for ensuring the accessibility of OER EPUB publications, including the proper use of metadata to enhance the discovery and use of those publications for learning.

  • presentation

    1:00PM – 5:00PM ET on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    Be inspired to learn accessibility skills to make your ATE project and center STEM curriculum materials, including documents, graphics, and videos, more usable for all learners. Led by experts from CAST (the Center for Applied Special Technology), this interactive workshop will focus on practical uses of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. As UDL begins with a strong foundation in accessibility, the first half of the workshop will focus on the four accessibility principles of POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust). POUR will be applied to STEM-related course content through a series of material makeover demonstrations. Common examples of educational materials will be first displayed in traditional formats, followed by POUR- aligned accessible versions.