Managing references with Paperpile


As we write, we need a convenient way to insert citations and manage reference lists. We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink over the years writing about reference managers , such as Zotero and Mendeley , that can help us accomplish those tasks. Ah, research.

How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses


Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

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Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Rachael Mann on Episode 492 The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the experts tell us.

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4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion


4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion. In many cases, companies are developing accessibility features to be built into devices to promote access for all. Read more: How to create accessible e-learning design.

Mendeley: Free or Inexpensive Research Reference Manager for Use Across Devices

The 21st Century Principal

I tried several reference manager options, but Mendeley seems to help me manage all the articles I am collecting as a part of my research in a manner most compatible to my own organizational needs. administrator web tools free apps free web tools reference managers

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Teach Access Tutorial: Best Practices for Digital Accessibility


I recently came across a solid teaching and learning resource devoted to giving designers, developers, and writers a better grounding in creating accessible content. It’s a product of the Teach Access project, which (I have to admit) I don’t know much about.

Nine New Lawsuits Target ‘Inclusive Access’ Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations


Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs.

Accessibility for Web Writers


For a number of years now, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been seen by many as the international gold standard for making online resources as accessible as possible. then you’ll want to read Dey Alexander’s “ Accessibility for Web Writers.”

Creating Color-Blind Accessible Figures


Following colorblind accessible guidelines when creating graphs and charts for publication or display ensures that everyone in your audience can read your figures, something that should be of concern for all teachers and researchers.

Accessibility Tip: Provide Materials Before, Not After

The Innovative Educator

The arrows point to the url & QR code provided to participants before, during, and after the Website Accessibility Summit. Easy peasy accessibility tip: Provide participants with handouts before, not after, workshops, learning opportunities, or any type of event.

An Easy-to-Access Guide to Instruction


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Open Access & Copyright: A View from the South


In all the discussions about open access and copyright, I want to add my story as someone from the Global South who strongly advocates for open access. However, I know that most Egyptian academics have no such access. This goes some way towards equitable access.

Transcription and Accessibility—New Partnerships from Microsoft and Amazon


On the heels of one another, two tech titans recently announced higher-education partnerships that leverage transcription technology to make educational materials more accessible to a broader swath of learners. Nine classes at the university are currently piloting Microsoft Translator, according to Brian Trager, the associate director for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Center on Access Technology.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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10 Do’s & Don’ts for Creating Accessible School Websites

The Innovative Educator

This includes making all public-facing content accessible to them. In more and more places, this refers to website content as well. It requires that the City of New York make its websites accessible to the disability community.

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility

Marketplace K-12

After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader , the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students. The accessibility issue became an obstacle last year when Amazon won a $30 million contract with New York City schools to develop an online e-book storefront for educators. EdX Settles Justice Department Complaint Over Online Access.

With 3D Technology, Special Education Students Can Focus on Content—Not Access


But the boy had never touched an ox or even a cow and had no reference for the animal. McKenzie has since created dozens of his own designs for objects to help bridge the accessibility gap between his visually impaired students and the sighted counterparts with whom they share classrooms and teachers. With computer assisted design in particular,” he adds, “it’s sometimes possible to create instant access.” He can worry about content, not access.” “What’s an ox?”

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge

TeachThought - Learn better.

Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge. These are some of the benefits (engagement) and challenges (accessibility) of learning through video games. The post Video Games Engage, But Accessibility Can Be A Challenge appeared first on TeachThought.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

Whether synchronous online course activities meet accessibility guidelines may depend on how you use them.

IT Bill

Web-conferencing can be used to prepare students for upcoming assignments, review recent material, offer virtual office hours, and more… but what about accessibility? Our campus recently adopted a policy that essentially requires all online instruction meet accessibility guidelines.

Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

Learning with 'e's

Here's the first: Access to knowledge. Putnam's view of the Internet is similar to many other educators - it has provided unprecedented access to the world's knowledge. Reference Putnam, R. Learning is opening up like never before.

Will this semester forever alter college? No, but some virtual tools will stick around

The Hechinger Report

But while all of this is widely being referred to as online higher education, most of it isn’t. Coursera is providing 550 colleges and universities with free access to its online courses.

Toolkit outlines steps for ensuring accessibility

eSchool News

Accessibility is a “critical key” when it comes to leveraging technology for all students — including those with disabilities, according to a new toolkit offering accessibility resources and tips for state and district education leaders.

3 Easy Web Accessibility Guidelines

The Innovative Educator

If you want others to read that work, then you need to make it accessible. There are sites you can refer to like Web Aim and you can look at these 5 infographics for details. If you're an innovative educator, chances are you publish work on the web.

5 Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thanks to easy access to internet resources and a serious lack of understanding on the part of many students about what online resources can legally be used, plagiarism has become a huge problem in schools. Elaborate reading of reference books is a good idea.

Tears, confusion and financial woes as colleges abruptly end semesters and send students home

The Hechinger Report

I’m watching them literally try to figure out what Zoom is,” she said, referring to the video conferencing platform. Higher Ed News Opinion community college Funding Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning Parents poverty Race

Alaska Native students pursue STEM, with great success

The Hechinger Report

As a group, the students, who refer to Schroeder as Herb and to their program by its acronym, outperform most of the rest of the country on measures of math and science.

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Canceled research, sports, recitals — college students are coping with more than closed campuses

The Hechinger Report

wondered John Stuper, baseball coach at Yale, referring to Major League Baseball’s annual draft of young prospects. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Higher Education newsletter Mental health and trauma online learning

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As diagnoses rise, more colleges add services for students with autism

The Hechinger Report

Colleges have created special support programs because other campus disability services, to which students with autism are often referred, don’t always meet all their needs, advocates and parents say. Jared Jellicorse with his mother, Marla.

Another way to quantify inequality inside colleges

The Hechinger Report

For the state of Virginia, they had access to family income, which was listed on college applications. The graduation gap at the Jefferson College of Health Science, which I referred to above, falls from above 30 percentage points to around 15 percentage points — still significant.

We are a nation of migrants, not a collection of diplomas

The Hechinger Report

Yang went on to say that the immigrants he referred to as “distressed” are being scapegoated for downswings in the economy that they didn’t create. immigration policy should allow greater access for citizens of certain European countries because of our supposedly stronger cultural ties.

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One surprising barrier to college success: Dense higher education lingo

The Hechinger Report

Half of high school seniors last year didn’t complete the FAFSA form, according to the National College Access Network, which estimates that they’re collectively forgoing $24 billion a year in financial help.

Why are tribal college students slow to ask for financial aid?

The Hechinger Report

Many of those students may be the first in their families to attend college and may have limited reference points about how applying for financial aid works, said Crazy Bull, who wrote the forward for the report.

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Why an LMS? Why Canvas?

Tech Helpful

While we are not a full fledged competency-based school in the way we teach, we now have a place where administrators can quickly have access to class averages on assignments and even dig deeper to see individual student results.

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As college enrollment falls, recruiters descend on a state that still has lots of applicants

The Hechinger Report

Otherwise-qualified applicants who don’t get into one of those campuses are referred to a less crowded one. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

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