Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education is Now Available.

Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education is now available as a PDF on the iNACOL site.   Spread the word.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's Out, Almost.

Well, it got a limited printing just in time for my presentation at the iNACOL Symposium on Blended and Online Learning.   When I say "just in time" I mean it.  It was actually printed in Palm Springs site of the Symposium.  I think they only printed two boxes.  That was all I saw.   I got to hand them out at my session however, and the rest were put on a resource table.

The link to the file should be posted on the iNACOL website this week.  When it is up, I'll post it here.

The feedback I heard about on my session was all positive.   The slides, similar (but better) than the set I used this summer are  below.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do the Funders Know the Online Accessibility Requirements?

I was invited to participate in a symposium at Harvard in November.  This is a follow-up to a similar event about a decade ago resulting in the publication of Dede’s Online Professional Development for Teachers – Emerging Models and Methods (2006).

I had made it clear that I've not been doing online teacher professional development lately.  That I was currently more focused on issues of access and equity in online education.  I even recommended some other folks currently doing more with oTPD (online Teacher Professional Development).  But, they invited me anyway.

I was asked to write a piece for discussion.  It was interesting to go back to the online teacher professional development project and my attempts to bring more accessibility to our online courses. The laws haven't changed much over the past decade, but our understanding of what access is, and the enforcement has changed.

One thing I was thinking about though, was that at the time, the program officers never mentioned access.  I don't think it was on their radar screen.  Clearly, every grant that's funded by either ED or NSF carries with it agreements to meet applicable civil right legislation.  

I asked, in my paper, if the oTPD programs that exist today are meeting their accessibility obligations, and if the funders are asking.

I'll post more about the reaction to my paper, after the event.

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.