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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.

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    1:15PM – 2:45PM ET on Friday, August 9, 2019

    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.

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    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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    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

    1:00PM – 4:00PM CT on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    When goals, assessments, methods and materials are proactively designed and implemented according to the principles and practices of UDL, barriers to learning are lowered for many learners, but what about learners with more intensive support needs? Come build upon the firm foundation of UDL to identify remaining barriers that some students experience and consider how AT, accessible materials and technologies, and other supports and services can break down the barriers to the achievement of all students.

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    1:00PM – 4:00PM CT on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Text to speech is a powerful learning support for a variety of learners who struggle with print This session will cover a wide range of text to speech supports across all platforms: iOS, Android, the Mac, Windows, Chromebooks and even smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The goal is to give you a flexible yet robust toolkit to support all learners in accessing the curriculum using the powerful speech supports now built into many devices.

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    8:30AM – 11:30AM CT on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Executive functioning describes the kind of purposeful planning that is needed for complex actions such as writing an essay or solving a math problem. As learners move into high school and college, it’s crucial they have developed executive functioning skills to keep up with increasing time demands. In addition to iPad apps, we will discuss Google Chrome extensions, online tools and even wearable solutions that provide schedules, timers, to do lists and other executive functioning supports.

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    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.

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    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.

  • presentation

    1:00PM – 4:30PM CT on Sunday, April 7, 2019

    The session is designed to support a broader definition of literacy to improve instruction and advance more authentic assessment.

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