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Providing Alternative Text to Distance Learners: One Online University`s Approach

Proposal No: 437

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Length of Session (in hours): 1Format: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Are you ready to provide alternative textbooks to your distance learners with print disabilities? Learn simple strategies from one online-only institution`s experience for ensuring learners get what they need in time, while keeping your sanity.


Are you ready to provide your learners the alternative textbooks they will need to be successful? Perhaps your institution is considering online courses or already has online options and you are struggling to keep up with alternative text accommodations. Capella University is an online-only institution with learners across the country and even abroad, yet the small Disability Services team is able to fulfill most text requests in less than two weeks, without the student hard copy book. Learn proactive strategies, simple tips and shortcuts to tailor your workflow and processes for the distance learner. Find out the essential partnerships to build that will save you both time and money. Learn how a techie novice can manage the basic technology essentials to get your distance learners what they need. Join me for a casual lecture and guided discussion that will present you with the framework for providing alternative textbooks to distance learners at your institution.


  1. Participants will learn the step-by-step process for providing alternative text to distance l
  2. Participants will learn what essential partnerships will save both time and money.
  3. Participants will learn how a techie novice can navigate the basic essential technology.

Speaker Bio(s)

Jackie Dutot