AccessCyberlearning 2.0 Institute

Sheryl Burgstahler, AccessComputing Co-PI
AccessCyberlearning participants from across the US came together to discuss accessible digital learning methods and research.

Thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), AccessComputing's partner organization, the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) center, has been able to explore deeper into accessibility and online learning. One of AccessCyberlearning 2.0's main tasks is to write a white paper on the topic. The first draft of this paper is being reviewed by collaboration this month.

The white paper stems out of a capacity building institute (CBI) hosted in January, which brought together researchers, graduate students, and leaders in NSF-funded cyberlearning projects to engage with each other and explore how to make digital learning research, products, activities, and resources welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including those with disabilities.

The white paper will offer possible solutions to create a more accessible learning environments. Potential applications of the white paper cut across multiple domains of knowledge, learning contexts, and time spans.

The project will also develop guidelines for how researchers can address disability/accessibility-related issues with respect to designing and testing new technologies, analyzing and reporting outcomes, and designing project activities and resources.

Read the proceedings from the CBI here.