Sunday, August 10, 2014

Post Conference Impact.

One of the participants at my Speaks Volumes session is employed by one of the large third party producers of online content.  I did mention in my presentation that 7 different vendors' materials had been identified in OCR compliance reports as not being accessible.  (I didn't mention names.)

After the session I got email from this person asking if I could provide them with any of the OCR materials.  I responded that the person's employer had been mentioned in the findings for the South Carolina Virtual Charter School findings, and pointed her to Michael Barbour's blog post on that, which includes links to the OCR finding and resolution.

I do intend to post all the OCR findings I have when the iNACOL publication I've been working on all summer is published.  That was how I was able to get the information, and OCR has said I can publish the reports.

But, I don't have a date for that to be published yet.

Stay tuned.

Friday, August 01, 2014

TxVSN Speaks Volume Keynote session

Here are the slides from my session on July 31st.  It was interesting with only a few higher ed folks.  My goal was to shake them up a bit, and based on comments, I was successful.


Friday, July 18, 2014

speaks VOLumes conference July 30-Aug 1 is nearing!

The 4th Annual speaks Volumes July 30 - August 1st, 2014 conference audience is primarily K-12 district/campus administrators, student mentors, online instructors and online course developers with an interest in online learning, implementation, student/educator support, instructional strategies, course development and a vision of the future
There is NO COST to participate in these 3 days. 

I will be presenting  

July 31, 4:30pm CST Legal Update - How to Avoid Jail-Time - Making Digital Resources

The session title was originally presented as a joke, but the conference folks liked it, so that's the title.

It's free, register.  There will be some interesting sessions.

Friday, April 25, 2014

OCR is finding access issues in a couple of virtual charter schools.

If you don't follow Michael Barbour's Virtual School Meanderings you missed this post.  He has posted a press release from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights about a settlement with the Virtual Community School of Ohio.  And, towards the bottom of the page, there's the announcement of a settlement with the South Carolina Virtual Charter.

Both of these compliance reports should be very informative for all online education programs, and also for anyone doing blended education.  The findings are the first real indication of what constitutes access under Federal civil rights legislation.  In particular Section 504, 508 and Title II of ADA.

I'm writing a new publication for iNACOL that will help focus online education on their responsibilites as relates to access and equity.

Higher education institutions are not immune, and most in fact, have not been meeting their legal obligations based on OCR findings.  They should pay attention in particular to findings against the University of Montana.  You can read about that here.