A framework for improving accessibility in massive open online courses

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Meadowbrook I/II on Wednesday November, 15.

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Speaker(s)

  • Kyle Shachmut, Accessibility Project Manager, Harvard University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

MOOCs provide unique challenges and opportunities to provide accessible online learning experiences. This session will discuss some of the ways accessibility can be ensured through the entire course development cycle--from proposal to delivery--along with practical tips to ensure quality learning experiences.

Abstract

Creation of a massive open online course differs in several key ways from the traditional higher education course with an online component. Given the affordances and constraints of the delivery method, course staff--faculty, instructional designers, and technical staff--can reap massive gains for accessibility by investing effort toward accessible curriculum design from the start. Background information will be provided to familiarize the audience with MOOCs in general and methods of delivery. The framework used to develop courses at HarvardX will be discussed as well as touch points where accessibility is integrated into the course development framework. Tools, tips and methods used by course staff to create more accessible content from the start will be shared. Live and simulated recreation of accessibility improvements made to in-house developed tools and instructional materials will be demonstrated from within the edX learning platform.

Keypoints

  1. different considerations for building a MOOC as opposed to a traditional online course
  2. where and how HarvardX uses a development lifecycle framework to embed accessibility checks into the process
  3. resources and workflows created to aid in accessible mooc creation

Disability Areas

accessible design, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Information Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kyle Shachmut

Kyle Shachmut is an expert in digital accessibility policy and practice for online and higher education. He currently works to improve access to massive open online courses at Harvard University's HarvardX. He has extensive accessibility advocacy and education policy experience from multiple perspectives, having served as president of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts.

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