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Digital Natives Online . Skip Stahl, CAST. Project Partners. KU Center for Learning Don Deshler James Basham Diana Greer Edward Meyen Sean Smith. CAST David Rose Skip Stahl Sam Johnston Scott Lapinski. National Association of State Directors of Special Education Bill East

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Digital natives online

Digital Natives Online

Skip Stahl, CAST

Project partners

Project Partners

KU Center for Learning

Don Deshler

James Basham

Diana Greer

Edward Meyen

Sean Smith


David Rose

Skip Stahl

Sam Johnston

Scott Lapinski

National Association of State Directors of Special Education

Bill East

Paula Burdette

Online center funding

Online Center Funding

The Office of Special Education Programs

The Center is supported under a cooperative agreement from the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program in the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.

The contents of this presentation do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Our mission

Our Mission

To research how online learning can be made more accessible, engaging, and effective for K-12 learners by investigating approaches that address learner variability within the range of conditions under which online learning occurs.

Goal 1

Goal #1

Identify and verify trends and issues related to the participation of students with disabilities.

Goal 2

Goal #2

Identify and describe potential positive outcomes and negative consequences of participation in online learning for students with disabilities.

Goal 3

Goal #3

Identify and develop promising approaches for increasing the accessibility and potential effectiveness of online learning for students with disabilities.

Goal 4

Goal #4

Test the feasibility, usability, and potential effectiveness (or promise) of one or more key approaches.

The scope

The Scope

  • 40 states have state virtual schools or state-led initiatives.

  • „30 states, have statewide full-time online schools.

  • „App. 1,816,400 enrollments in distance-education courses in K-12 school districts in 2009 – 2010, almost all of which were online courses.

  • „Does not include students enrolled in most full-time online schools which were approximately 250,000 students in 2010 – 2011.1

  • „These figures represent phenomenal growth

  • In April 2006, Michigan became the first state to require online learning for high school graduation. Since that time, Alabama, Florida, and Idaho have added requirements.

    iNACOL, Fast Facts About Online Learning 2012

The foundation accessibility

The Foundation: Accessibility

  • Statutory Mandates from ED & OCR:

  • “As the use of emerging technologies in the classroom increases, schools at all levels must ensure equal access to the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by the technology and equal treatment in the use of the technology for all students, including students with disabilities.” May 26, 2011

    Russlyn Ali

    Assistant Secretary f or Civil Rights

The foundation accessibility1

The Foundation: Accessibility

  • So how do educators, parents & students know what’s accessible?

  • Section 508 as a baseline

  • The Section 508 Voluntary

    Product Accessibility Template

    as a guide.

  • Not foolproof, but functional

The foundation the vpat

The Foundation: the VPAT

  • Details support for sensory & physical access

    and the extent to which a product:

    • can be used by students with little or no vision

    • can be used by students with little or no hearing

    • can be used by students with no speech

    • can be used by students with limited mobility

The foundation the reality

The Foundation: the Reality

  • As Dr. Phil says…

    So how’s that workin’ for ya?

The foundation a sampling

The Foundation: A Sampling

  • Product types sampled:

    • Content Management System (CMS)/Learning Management System (LMS) – Commercial

    • Presentation Tools

    • Document Creation Tools

    • Multimedia Creation Tools

    • Organizational/Concept Mapping Tools

    • Social Networking Tools

    • Progress Monitoring Tools

    • Blogs & Hybrid CMS systems

    • Instructional Content – Commercial

    • Instructional Content – Open Source

The foundation a sampling1

The Foundation: A Sampling

The foundation the results

The Foundation: The Results

  • Total number of products sampled = 70

  • Total number of products with VPATS = 23

  • Total number of products with either VPATS or accessibility information = 36

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