BCcampus to launch accessibility toolkit for open textbooks

February 17, 2015

BCcampus has announced that it is working with the Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources British Columbia (CAPER-BC) to create an accessibility toolkit for developers of open education resources. “The goal of this project was to see if the open textbooks are open and accessible for all students. The intention of open textbooks is to provide access to education at low or no cost, but if those materials aren’t fully accessible for every student, we aren’t truly fulfilling that mandate,” said Amanda Coolidge, BCcampus' Manager of Open Education. BCcampus and CAPER-BC worked with students at several partner institutions to get feedback on preferred layouts and formats for materials. Based on this feedback, the toolkit will outline best practices for structuring content with accessibility in mind, with guidelines on incorporating images and charts, weblinks, tables, video, formulas, and colour contrast, among other things. The toolkit will be made available as an open resource on the BCcampus website. BCcampus Blog