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Hi Accessibility Comrades,
Two questions:
  1. What are folks doing about inaccessible publisher materials in online courses? Considering the recent Lousiana Tech University OCR decision, I am recommending we not allow them. But I don't know if we will be able to pull that off. What are others doing?
  2. Does anyone know of an accessible home lab kit for online chemistry classes? We currently use LabPaq but it's not accessible for those with visual or mobility disabilities. Any suggestions?

Thanks! And yes, if I ever find stats on the correlation between accessibility or UD and course completion, I will definitely share. Maybe this is something the Educause group could pursue! 

Best,

Karen




Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
www.pcc.edu/access
Portland Community College
971-722-4720
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”  Tim Berners-Lee

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Hi Karen,

I am interested in what isn't accessible about LabPaq.  We have a biology course and chemistry course that use their lab packs for online courses.  

Does anyone have information on which publishers have accessible publisher materials available?  That might help faculty make a better decision on which components to use or not use.  Publishers are good salespeople and many of our instructors are starting to use their material because they hear they are valuable tools and without asking about the accessibility of them (or the research to backup their claim that they are valuable tools).

Barbara

From: Karen Sorensen <karen.sorensen@PCC.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv <ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:37 PM
To: "ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [ITACCESS] Publisher materials and Accessible home labs for science classes?

Hi Accessibility Comrades,
Two questions:
  1. What are folks doing about inaccessible publisher materials in online courses? Considering the recent Lousiana Tech University OCR decision, I am recommending we not allow them. But I don't know if we will be able to pull that off. What are others doing?
  2. Does anyone know of an accessible home lab kit for online chemistry classes? We currently use LabPaq but it's not accessible for those with visual or mobility disabilities. Any suggestions?

Thanks! And yes, if I ever find stats on the correlation between accessibility or UD and course completion, I will definitely share. Maybe this is something the Educause group could pursue! 

Best,

Karen




Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
www.pcc.edu/access
Portland Community College
971-722-4720
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”  Tim Berners-Lee

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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