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Integrating Web 2.0 into Accessible Online Learning

Presenters at table and podiumOn March 10 The NYS Forum, Inc. IT Accessibility Work Group sponsored an educational session on Integrating Web 2.0 into Accessible Online Learning. Dr.Tom Mackey and Kelly Hermann of SUNY Empire State College spoke to an audience of more than 90 individuals.  The speakers shared their experiences with Empire State's Center for Distance Learning, and the challenges of ensuring that students with disabilities are able to take advantage of the Center's multi-modal approach to online learning, including a variety of social media tools. Dr. Mackey and Ms. Hermann explained that the development of curricula for e-learning content involves everyone at the Center for Distance Learning. They emphasized the need to ensure that those responsible for creating online content are aware of potential access issues. In addition to clarifying terms and definitions associated with people with disabilities, the presenters highlighted emerging "web 2.0" style tools that the College is integrating in online learning and stressed the link between student success and access to learning materials.

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