AIMHub: Cost Effective, Rapid Accessible Instructional Materials Exchange

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 8:00am in Waverly on Wednesday, November 14.

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Speaker(s)

  • Jack Sullivan, Software Engineer, California State University
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative, CSU Office of the Chancellor
  • Gaeir Dietrich, Director, High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU), California Community Colleges

Session Details

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

Summary

Launched in August 2017, AIMHub is an accessible instructional Launched in August 2017, AIMHub is an accessible instructional materials exchange service that assists accessible instructional material staff, by eliminating redundant efforts and integrating the best aspects of existing systems. We will demonstrate how AIMHub can help your campus, and discuss how campuses nationwide can subscribe.

Abstract

AIMHub is a collaborative project between the California Community Colleges (CCC) and the California State University (CSU) systems, who merged their respective exchanges (AMXDB and CAM), and are seeking new member campuses to contribute to and benefit from their progress. AIMHub includes the 114 CCCs and 23 CSU’s, with roughly 100,000 accessible materials to search for.

Users can add their books from a list of ISBNs and the system will retrieve all available metadata about the titles. Then, a user can specify formats for each book. AIMHub allows users to search for multiple books simultaneously from a list of ISBNs, and then refine results to particular formats. AIMHub search results also include related editions, increasing the likelihood of finding materials with matching content.

The community feedback is extremely positive. Features are being developed to enhance AIMHub and provide value to member campuses. Join us, and discover what AIMHub can do for you and your students.

Keypoints

  1. Harness existing accessible materials to save time and money.
  2. 100,000 accessible instructional materials, with more added each semester.
  3. Membership information will be provided.

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, eBooks, Information Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan is a Software Engineer for the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) of the California State University (CSU) System, with expertise in application accessibility and security. Since 2006, he has worked at post-secondary campuses, coordinating accessible media services and developing automation tools, before joining the ATI in 2011. Jack audited and enhanced the Center for Accessible Media (CAM) exchange system, designed and developed the AIMHub system, has been a speaker at the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), Accessing Higher Ground (AHG), and is an organizer for the Open Capture the Flag competition at DEFCON.

Cheryl Pruitt

Cheryl is the Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) for the California State University (CSU) System. She oversees the ATI implementation across the CSU 23 campus system. Cheryl has been involved with the ATI since the beginning in 2007, first at the campus level, then at the systemwide level. Under her leadership the system has made significant progress towards implementing ATI process improvement in the areas of web accessibility, accessible procurement, and accessible instructional materials. She is currently managing several projects that are moving the initiative forward they include implementation of an ATI reporting process to measure the systemwide progress towards the ATI goals; creation of synergy projects resulting in systemwide shared services that are delivering cost savings; and a high level of cross-campus collaboration through the ATI Communities of Practice. Cheryl established and leads the CSU Accessible Technology Network (CSU ATN) which brings together accessibility experts across the CSU System to work collectively on accessibility projects that benefit the entire system.

Gaeir Dietrich

Gaeir Dietrich is the director of the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California community colleges, and the systemwide trainer for Section 508 compliance. Gaeir has served on the advisory boards for AHEAD, Bookshare, DIAGRAM Center, the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC), and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC). In 2010-2011, she served as the chair for the Federal Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) in Postsecondary Education. She is a contributing author to Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act, published by NASPA.

Handout(s)