ACC faculty and staff are invited to apply as teams to a free external training opportunity to learn how to use open educational resources (OER) to make learning more equitable.

CAST and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) lead a free, six-week intensive for institutional teams to learn about improving accessibility in OER and universal design learning (UDL).

From Syllabi to Textbooks – Accessibility in Open Educational Resources for Institutions of Higher Education is free to faculty and staff at higher education institutions. It will introduce cohorts to how openly licensed resources are key levers for both adapting existing resources to increase digital accessibility and designing resources that are accessible for learners with disabilities from the start. 

Throughout the series, cohorts will receive access to a curated set of high-quality resources to review and adapt for use in their settings. 

Cohorts of 3-6 faculty and staff are encouraged to apply to represent a diversity of lived experiences, classroom expertise, and current educational roles. Consider building your team with representatives from full-time faculty, part-time faculty, disability services, ed tech, assistive technology, library media, and administration. 

The series will consist of three 90-minute webinars with three 90-minute implementation sessions between each. All sessions will be at 1 p.m. (CST).

101 – Collaborative Questioning and UDL

  • Thursday, February 15 | Webinar
  • Thursday, February 22 | Implementation Session 

201 – Adapting and Creating Accessible OER

  • Thursday, February 29 | Webinar
  • Thursday, March 7 | Implementation Session

301 – Curating and Evaluating OER for Accessibility

  • Thursday, March 14 | Webinar
  • Thursday, March 21 | Implementation Session 

To learn more, visit this Google Document for detailed information.

Apply as a team by Thursday, February 1, using this registration form

For any questions, contact Joanna Schimizzi (joanna@iskme.org) or Alison Driscoll (adriscoll@cast.org).