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  • presentation

    8:00AM – 9:00AM PT on Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Be inspired to learn skills to make self-created K-12 and higher ed STEM curriculum materials, including documents, graphics, and videos, accessible to all learners. The four 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 will include the application of MathML in documents and websites to make mathematical and scientific notation accessible; best practices for writing alt text and descriptions for technical images, charts, and graphics; and creating closed captions and audio descriptions for video. In consideration of the limited time, the goal is not to train but rather to inspire faculty to learn one of the three skills over the summer of 2019 using the AEM Center’s free resources and technical assistance services.

  • presentation

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to repurpose content. OERs can allow funding typically spent on textbooks to be redirected for other pressing needs, but they are not always accessible to all learners. In this session, you will learn about resources to help you select and/or create accessible OER content to support learning in inclusive settings. A set of quality indicators for incorporating OERs into a robust procurement system for accessible educational materials (AEM) will also be discussed.

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    11:15AM – 12:00PM CT on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    We know from experience and neuroscience that individuals learn in varied ways. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides educators with practical strategies and techniques to ensure that all learners can meet high expectations. In this session, we will explore the foundational concepts of UDL as one component of an inclusive learning environment—the other two being the universal design of the physical space and the accessibility of the learning tools and materials. The discussion will include demonstrations of a number of new tools for making STEM content accessible for a variety of learners.

  • presentation

    10:15AM – 11:15AM ET on Thursday, August 8, 2019

    Experience the latest technologies for making math accessible to all 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 content, including text to speech supports from Texthelp and Microsoft, and sonification for complex graphs from Desmos.

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    12:00PM – 1:00PM ET on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    Does your educational institution narrowly address accessibility as a compliance issue? Learn how to face it by implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in your initial framework. In this webinar, hosted by Verbit and featuring the AEM Center's Cynthia Curry, participants will learn how to take accessibility further by implementing UDL, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all learners. The webinar will provide insight on where to begin on your UDL journey, and will explore the impact of incorporating UDL and AI tools in your educational framework. This is a free webinar hosted by Verbit as part of their The Accessible Classroom Redefined series.

  • 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.

  • 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

    3:45PM – 5:15PM CT on Thursday, May 16, 2019

    The four 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 will include the application of MathML in documents and websites to make mathematical and scientific notation accessible; best practices for writing alt text and descriptions for technical images, charts, and graphics; and creating closed captions and audio descriptions for video.

  • webinar

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Overview of UDL and accessibility as applied to blended learning initiatives including production of digital materials, selection of technologies, and effective integration of assistive technologies. Hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Using the syllabus as our template, we'll begin to explore how to put the components of universal design and the four core principles (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust, or POUR) into practice. Brought to you by the NSF funded ATE Central project and the National AEM Center at CAST, we'll explore how you can shape your class syllabus to provide a welcoming environment for all students, including those with disabilities. There will be time to get answers to your accessibility questions, and examples of how others in the community college sector are putting Universal Design for Learning into practice in their classrooms and labs.