Applied Checklist: OER

Findings & Rationale

The first OER I’ve identified, “Open for Everyone,” is a UDL primer and would serve as a recurring resource in a course on UDL. Its PowerPoint slides and Word doc handout are fully accessible with hierarchical headers and alt-text (except for decorative images like logos). As a page on a higher-ed institution’s library’s website, it is relatively stable.

The second OER, “Essential Accessibility for Everyone,” functions both as an accessibility textbook and a translation of complex workflows into digestible pieces that can be drawn on at least once in each of a UDL course’s modules. As an eBook, it doesn’t have any interactive features other than anchor links in its Table of Contents. However, it can be downloaded in a variety of forms including ePub, PDF, and Open Office doc, making it a resource that learners with access to many different types of technology can benefit from. In a Canvas course on UDL and digital accessibility in Canvas, I would draw from this throughout the course as one would from a textbook.

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