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Accessibility Showdown? Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses - NYTimes.com

Accessibility Showdown? Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses - NYTimes.com | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

 By Tamar Lewin, 2/12/15:


"Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed a federal class action against Harvard and M.I.T., saying both universities violate antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts and other educational materials.

“Much of Harvard’s online content is either not captioned or is inaccurately or unintelligibly captioned, making it inaccessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing,” the complaint said, echoing language used in the M.I.T. complaint. “Just as buildings without ramps bar people who use wheelchairs, online content without captions excludes individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This could be a landmark case.  Harvard and MIT have no excuse other than inertia for ignoring well established accessibility requirements for their online content.


Unlike the majority of Universities, these schools have the financial power to do anything they want. They have the resources to hire accessibility experts and instructional designers to do the job.  Close Captioning all video in an efficient and timely manner is a huge job.  But it can be done.  


This statement from Harvard is ingenuous.  The rules are well known: 


"Jeff Neal, a spokesman for Harvard, said that while he could not comment on the litigation, Harvard expects the United States Department of Justice to issue proposed rules later this year “to provide much-needed guidance in this area,” and that the university will follow whatever rules are adopted."


Harvard, MIT & EdX may end up causing an unexpected disruption in education: serious national attention on the rights of the disabled. 


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Sande Woodson's curator insight, February 12, 6:59 PM

This is why we are working hard at Jessup Online to provide closed captioning for all of our video lectures and other video materials.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, February 16, 8:21 PM

Accessibility shouldn't be a concern these days - it should be a core part of every online development.

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Get a Peek Into Your Site or App's Usability

Get a Peek Into Your Site or App's Usability | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

See and hear a 5-minute video of a real person using your site or app. It's super fast, and totally free.


Usability testing—the process of evaluating a site or product’s usability by letting real people try it—has been around for decades. Initially, it was so expensive and complex that only big companies could afford it. In fact, our cofounder Dave was first introduced to usability testing while working at Apple. When he saw how valuable testing was, he wanted to find a way to make it available to everyone.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Usability testing is essential and yet it is often skipped during website development. Here's a way to get a free usability test done by real people and delivered as a video.  


See how others see your web publishing work! 

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EDUC 652: Universal Design for Learning: Activity Guide

Universal Design for Learning

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit 
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning

EDUC 652 900 Fall: November 3 - December 12, 2014

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/universal-design.cfm

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Master online teacher Susan Manning's new course on universal design for learning walks the talk. Here's a glimpse inside the pre-course orientation activities. 

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Universal Design for Learning and Kurzweil 3000

Universal Design for Learning and Kurzweil 3000 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Kurzweil 3000 aligns with the principles of UDL by supporting providing an accessible platform to support all learners.
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Kurzweil tech leads the way in UDL.  (Founder Ray Kurzweil more or less invented the technology way back before the turn of the century.)

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A lesson in Empathy ▶ Introduction to Screen Readers - YouTube

A short demonstration of how screen readers assist people who are blind navigate the web.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This is a classic video from the University of Wisconsin-Madison that will open your empathy eyes and help you see (and hear) what it is like to use a screen reader. 


Accessibility is essential for all users. Section 508 (the ADA of the Internet) has been around for a long time.  UDL is making strides in course design.  Technology is improving... Still this information may be new to many.  Watch and imagine you were dependent on technology to read online. 

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, March 9, 2014 7:44 PM

Ever wondered how screen readers assist people who are visually impaired navigate the web?

Lynne Tamor's curator insight, May 27, 2014 3:20 PM

A good first glance at what it's like to use a screen reader. An introduction, not a how-to.

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Naturally Embed UDL in No Time | MiddleWeb

Naturally Embed UDL in No Time | MiddleWeb | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Framing lessons through the lens of the Universal Design for Learning isn't about more time so much as it is about more strategic thinking, says Elizabeth Stein.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 20, 2013 8:57 PM

In this post a middle school teacher shares a US history project where Common Core standards are aligned with the three Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles. 

She discusses the process of creating the lesson and states:
"UDL is not about causing change. It’s about looking for natural connections to what one is already doing that can help diversify instruction. It’s about raising our own awareness and turning up our reflective skills so we become accustomed to thinking about how lessons align with the needs of diverse learners."

Within the post she includes the Purpose of the Lesson, the Process, Assessment and a table where she provides the Common Core Standards that were addressed, the lesson activities, and the specific UDL Principles that were addressed.

If you are new to UDL here is a short explanation from the post:

"The aim of a UDL lesson is to create (1) resourceful, knowledgeable learners through multiple means of representation; (2) strategic, goal-directed learners through multiple means of engagement; and (3) purposeful, motivated learners as a result of multiple means of expression." 

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6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL -- THE Journal

6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL -- THE Journal | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In any given classroom, there are invariably learners who simply don’t connect with what’s being taught. Lectures can be easy to tune out. A textbook can feel dense and boring to finish. Even a video can pose limitations for learners with sight or hearing difficulties. When these are the only options available, some learners are bound to fall behind without requesting special support, while others will surge ahead. Differentiation is one way to bridge this gap, and another is adapting the curriculum to suit all learners, instead of adjusting it to support the needs of each one.


That latter approach, called Universal Design for Learning (UDL), operates under a handful of broad principles that mainly concern themselves with the what, how and why of learning.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

UDL - Universal Design for Learning promises to help us design so our curriculum can 'suit all learners'.   This is a lucid overview of an essential design principle. 

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, January 5, 5:08 PM

Incorporating Universal Design concepts into e-learning projects can really help some people learn better.  I especially agree with the comment in this article where the author says you don't have to use all of the guidelines - start small and apply these ideas a bit at a time to additional lessons.  Eventually, it will become a way of thinking when designing instruction.

Ann Luzeckyj's curator insight, January 6, 5:37 PM

I know some staff here at Flinders already use this - but for those that do not...  happy to discuss with anyone wanting more info.

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5 Accessible Design Tips for Blended Courses -- Campus Technology

5 Accessible Design Tips for Blended Courses -- Campus Technology | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Revamping a course to be accessible to students with physical or learning disabilities can help make it more accessible to everybody else too.


Blended learning typically involves an element of student control over when, where and how learning takes place. But what happens if a student isn't very good with "self-direction, self-pacing and self-motivation"?


As Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, a senior academic researcher and associate professor at Landmark College in Vermont, expressed it, those are "critical areas of weakness" for students with learning disabilities — and they can be problems for mainstream students as well.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Solid advice for designer and teachers. Accessible Design (Universal Design?) is good for all learners, but essential for those with learning disabilities.

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is used to design curriculum, lessons and instruction based on the diversity of the learners in their classroom.

 

How can UDL guide personalize learning to meet the Common Core?

 

When a teacher understands his/her learners through the UDL lens, he/she creates a flexible learning environment and provides opportunities for learner voice and choice. When lessons are designed using the UDL model, the lesson includes goals, methods, materials, tools, and assessments to reach and support the maximum amount of learners in the classroom.

 

Learners can use this model to help them understand how they learn best and what learning path they can take to become an independent expert learner, leveraging their natural abilities in the process. This process helps the learner create their personal learning profile that is understood by both teacher and learner.

 

The importance of this strategy is that both the teacher and the learner understand who the learner is and how they learn best. The learner and the teacher uses the UDL lens to personalize learning. So what does that look like?

 

An example of an 8th Grade unit on the Civil War serves as an example along with two students who can meet a number of CCSS when they choose and use the tools to support their learning.

 

Explore our new website, Personalize Learning (www.personalizelearning.com), to learn more about the research, models and educators who are personalizing learning.

 


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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

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Personalized learning is what 21st Century Learning is all about

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What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Introduction

A major premise of this report is that access to the curriculum for students with low-incidence disabilities is greatly enhanced by universal design. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a particular framework that applies to education. More specifically, UDL is an approach that can guide curriculum reform. A universally-designed curriculum includes multiple means of representation (to allow various ways of acquiring information and knowledge), multiple means of expression (to allow alternatives for demonstrating knowledge), and multiple means of engagement (to challenge appropriately, to motivate, and to allow learners to express and participate in their interests). A number of current contrasting approaches to universal design will be described. We conclude with an explanation of UDL. This will allow the reader to keep UDL in mind while progressing through subsequent sections until UDL solutions for curriculum access are more closely examined in our conclusion.

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5 Apps for Learning and Media Creation for Elementary Students in the Inclusive Classroom

5 Apps for Learning and Media Creation for Elementary Students in the Inclusive Classroom | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"When using iPads with students, consider apps which allow students opportunities to create media which demonstrates understanding and lets them show what they know and how they feel. This is a very engaging, challenging, and meaningful way for students to learn and for teachers to understand and assess what their students comprehend."


Via John Evans, Joe Marlin , Maggie Rouman, Ruth Bass, Monica Goddard
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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 15, 2014 5:02 PM

Aplicaciones del Pad en el aula inclusiva.