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Friday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Inclusive OER and the Floe Project

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The Floe Project (Flexible Learning for Open Education) is an open source effort to provide the tools, resources, and advice needed to make OERs more accessible and inclusive to a diversity of learners and content producers. Floe is led by the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University and is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Floe community is designing a collection of tools and components that can be embedded in OER content repositories, portals, and web sites. Floe?s Learner Options component enables learners to discover and describe their personal accessibility needs and preferences, giving them the ability to customize how content is presented and controlled. This includes features such as large print, colour contrast, text-to-speech, and content simplification. In combination with Learner Options, the Floe HTML5 Video Player provides personalized media delivery for OERs, including support for synchronized captions and transcripts.

Floe is building authoring components that enable OER producers to label and describe their content with accessibility metadata based on the AccessForAll standard. Resources that include this accessibility metadata can be matched with the learner?s individual needs and preferences, enabling search engines and OER environments to deliver personalized content to the learner.

In addition to these tools and components, Floe?s Inclusive Learning Design Handbook provides OER authors with useful techniques, advice, and resources needed to make their educational content more accessible.

Floe?s tools are increasingly being adopted by OER initiatives such as OER Commons, PHeT, and OERPub, as well as popular content management systems such as WordPress.

This session will provide participants with an overview of how Floe Project?s tools and resources are helping support accessibility and inclusion within the OER community. We will also cover how Floe relates to an international effort to provide ?one size fits one? accessibility infrastructure, including projects such as the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure, Cloud4all, and the U.S. Department of Education-funded Preferences for Global Access. We will also share useful hands-on techniques and advice for how to address accessibility in your own projects and resources.

Speakers
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Jess Mitchell

Senior Manager, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
Jess Mitchell is Senior Manager, Research + Design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre (http://idrc.ocad.ca). She manages large-scale international projects and initiatives focusing on fostering innovation within diverse communities while achieving outcomes that benefit everyone. | Jess is a community leader who works in a highly collaborative, open, and iterative manner borrowing methods from complex project management, agile... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2013 2:30pm - 2:55pm
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