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Tuesday, November 10 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Re-envisioning Accessibility for Math-Intensive OER

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The accessibility of publications is critical for learners who rely on screen readers. What happens when an OER you plan to use, remix, or are creating is math intensive and you neither know LaTeX nor the accessibility options involved in presenting machine-readable equations? Issues abound! How can math display in OER be re-envisioned? This highly-interactive presentation builds off of the experiences of six people at three different institutions who met up to discuss their respective math & accessibility journeys, math-intensive OER accessibility failures, successes, and solutions that work for their level of capacity. From the extremely labor-intensive to the “automatic,” this case study-based presentation will aid participants in what not to do, and how re-envision processes and decision points for creating, adapting, and retrofitting OER that contain equations. Participants will have opportunities to share their knowledge regarding tools, solutions, and approaches in a common document and will leave with a tool kit of potential solutions for different electronic environments and platforms.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will be able to summarize standards, common issues, and options for displaying, printing, and developing screen-readable math in OER;
  • Participants will be able to recall specific issues with math display in OER as these will be connected to particular examples of OER;
  • Participants will leave with a tool kit of potential solutions for different electronic environments & platforms.
  • Participants will also be able to share their knowledge regarding tools, solutions, and approaches.

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Anita Walz

Asst Dir of Open Ed and Scholarly Comm Librarian, @VTNews
Anita Walz is the Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech. She works with faculty, administrators, and staff on local, state, national and international levels to inspire faculty to choose, adapt, and create learning resources which... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 1:00pm - 1:25pm EST
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