Category Archives: Legal Issues

ADA Compliance and Online Instruction!

Mark your calendar for Friday, September 26, 2014!

It’s all about inclusion!  If you are teaching online, or you work in a school or business with a web presence, accessibility issues affect your students, colleagues, and customers.

If you have not already registered, there is still time to sign up for this low-cost, one-day program on ADA Compliance and Online Instruction hosted by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Special Libraries Association:

Where:             University of Central Oklahoma, Nigh University Center

When:              Friday, September 26, 2014
                                    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:                $30 (SLA member), $45 (non-SLA member)  $10 (student)

Lunch will be provided

Registration with credit card is now open:

https://www.regonline.com/OKSLA-ADASeminar2014

Deborah Thompson
2014-15 President
Oklahoma Chapter, Special Libraries Association

Questions?  Contact Tom Rink, x6457 or rink@nsuok.edu

Tentative Agenda
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Arrival and Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Intro to Technology Accessibility
(Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator, ABLE Tech)
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Assistive Technology Introduction & Demo
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided on site)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Universal Design for Learning
(Jerol Skinner, Northeastern State University)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Accessible Instructional Learning
(Rick Shelton, Northeastern State University)
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion (Speakers and students)
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up

Posted by Tom R.

 

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Digital Learning Report Card — How does Oklahoma Fare?

It is said that education is our nation’s great equalizer. Ensuring the next generation of Americans has an equal opportunity to achieve success is a fundamental principle of our educational system. There are many who feel that digital learning has the potential to accomplish this important task.  Digital Learning Now! is one of those entities that espouse this philosophy.

Digital Learning Now! is a national campaign under ExcelinEd with the goal of advancing state policies that will create a high-quality digital learning environment to better equip all students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in this 21st-century economy. The policy framework stems from the belief that access to high-quality, customized learning experiences should be available to all students, unbounded by geography or artificial policy constraints.

Digital Learning Now! recently released the 2012 Digital Learning Report Card, which measures each of the nation’s 50 states against the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning as it relates to K-12 education.

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Highlights of the report indicate that states are:

  • Advancing student-centric reforms
  • Reducing barriers to blended learning
  • Encouraging the use of technology
  • Offering a more personalized college- and career-ready education

How does Oklahoma fare?  It doesn’t look good folks! Read on for more information: This work produced a consensus around the 10 elements of high quality digital learning that identified specific issue and polices states need to address in order to support emerging next general models of learning.

Where does Oklahoma stand, you may be wondering?  Well, the state’s overall score is a 69% — that’s a D+ when combining all ten digital learning element scores.

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One of the most encouraging findings from Digital Learning Now’s research is that more than 700 bills involving digital learning were considered in 2012, with over 150 signed into law.  Along with DLN, it is encouraging to know that leaders in nearly every state proposed or enacted policies to advance digital learning since the release of DLN’s first state report cards in 2011.  Examples from Oklahoma include SB 1816 signed on June 8, 2012 that created the statewide Virtual Charter School Board, and SB 169.  It establishes that a virtual education provider that offers full-time virtual education to students who are not residents of the school district with which the provider is contracted shall be considered a site within each school district and subject to the state’s accountability system.

To learn more, check out the report.  Also, check out the Digital Learning Now Report Card website which features an interactive map, a tool to compare state scores and downloadable state profiles for more details on where Oklahoma stands when it comes to providing high quality digital learning.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Understanding Copyright

Follow this link to better understand the legalities of copyright issues such as fair use and distance education: Know Your Copy Rights

This six-page document, published by the Association of Research Libraries, also includes a helpful chart highlighting the legalities of the most common uses in an academic setting.

Posted by Linda Summers