COTELCO and IDPP Return to CSUN 2013

Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (logo)COTELCO/IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn and COTELCO/IDPP Faculty Associate and IDPP Evaluation Committee Co-Chair Dr. Jennifer Ellis jointly presented Accessible Cyberlearning in Practice at the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN13) on 27 February at 3:10pm (U.S. Pacific Time). The presentation was delivered in-person by Dr. Ellis, who attended the conference in San Diego, California, and remotely by Dr. Cogburn, who participated in the session from Myanmar. The presentation was open to the public and broadcasted live via Blackboard Collaborate™, which can be viewed using a screen reader; closed-captioning was provided.

COTELCO’s participation in the conference came on the heels of the acceptance of Dr. Ellis; COTELCO/IDPP Faculty Associate Dr. Marilyn Arnone; and COTELCO/IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn’s research paper Accessible Cyberlearning in Practice. The paper reviews the best practices for creating accessible online courses and instructional design, as well as criteria for implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) courses.

Using the Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program as a model, the presentation offered conference participants invaluable insight into some of the successes and challenges the implementation team has encountered since the conception of the CIDP program in 2010.

Specifically, Dr. Ellis’ presentation reviewed the challenges created by the limitations of commercial software when implementing virtual learning environments. She detailed how the COTELCO/IDPP team has overcome these challenges to provide a highly functional and accessible virtual learning environment. To aide online course instructors in the execution of their programs, the COTELCO/IDPP team offered suggestions for which program settings and options work best when using open-source software such as Blackboard Collaborate™.

COTELCO/IDPP Director of Technology Mr. Clyde White, Jr. is also attending this year's CSUN conference. He facilitated the virtual participation component of the presentation; is attending workshops and sessions; and meeting and networking with other assistive and adaptive technology professionals and vendors.

In addition to the conference, the Accessible Cyberlearning in Practice research paper will be featured in the Journal of Technology and Disability to be released in the spring of 2013.

Last year’s CSUN conference attracted more than 4,000 participants, including representatives from ‘tech giants’ such as Apple, Microsoft and Google. The conference runs from 25 February to 2 March at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.

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To access a recording of the presentation, click here.
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