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Opening Science to All: Making Learning Objects Accessible

Opening Science to All: Making Learning Objects Accessible

The proposed project will leverage the existing community, collection, and processes of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT), the leadership of MERLOT's partnering systems of higher education and strategically integrate the services of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), IDET Communications, Inc., McGraw-Hill publishers (STEM division) and the New Media Consortium (NMC) to deliver a suite of services with scalable and sustaining operations. there is a significant proportion of the American undergraduate population with currently unmet needs, preferences for distance education and a legal requirement to have an accessable education. The proposed Opening Science To All (OSTA) Program will produce four (4) strategic outcomes: 1. A cadre of over 4,500 STEM faculty and academic technology support staff, and over 650 academic leaders who have the knowledge and skills to effectively choose, create and use accessible online learning materials for STEM education. 2. A online collection of over 2,000 high quality, accessible online STEM materials will be available to improve student learning and will continually grow in depth and breadth. This collection will be created by: 3. The integration of accessible online materials into instruction through national training and education programs delivered regionally, nationally, and within disciplines and the production of online and published guidebooks on teaching students with disabilities. 4. The establishment of a sustainable institutional program for accrediting academic technology development and services as capable of developing accessible online materials and pedagogy as well as training faculty and staff on the effective delivering of accessible online curriculum with sound pedagogy for populations with disabilities.

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