[Athen] Open Educational Resources (OER) folks, please note the Webinar tomorrow on WordToEPUB

kerscher at montana.com kerscher at montana.com
Tue Apr 14 09:51:36 PDT 2020

Dear Higher Education community,

Please forward this to people you know in the OER community. This webinar on the free WordToEPUB tool should be of great interest.

It produces Born Accessible publications by using the built-in features of Microsoft Word.


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Subject: [webinar-news] DAISY Webinar Series Update April 14th 2020

Hello George Kerscher

Thank you once again for your interest in the DAISY Consortium Webinar Series on Accessible Publishing and Reading. We’re announcing a new webinar every single week and you can find details of the latest webinar to be announced just below. We have some very special sessions coming up which we look forward to sharing with you. We welcome suggestions and proposals for further sessions via the DAISY contact form: https://daisy.org/contact Interest in these webinars from around the world has really been astounding and our thanks goes out to everyone who continues to raise awareness of these sessions in their regions. The recordings of every webinar will be available on the DAISY website the week after the live event for reference and further sharing, along with related links, the slide deck and a full transcript of the webinar.

The presentation topics will change each week, so people can sign up for the webinars individually using the links located below the session titles.

This week, April 15, 2020 will be “Create EPUB publications from Word with a simple tool anyone can use”
A new tool from the DAISY Consortium is being rapidly adopted around the world to aid in the creation of accessible EPUB3 publications directly from Microsoft Word. This session will provide some background on how and why this free tool was created and will include a practical demonstration to highlight just how easy it is to use.

Next Week, April 22, 2020 will be “Making Math Accessible, One Step at a Time”
Creating accessible math content has historically been challenging, but research and technology have both progressed significantly in recent years.
This session will explore some of the tools to aid in accessible math creation, as well as present contextualized research on how to support students with learning disabilities in their math education.

April 29, 2020 will be “Telling Your Story: Creating Better Accessibility Statements with ASPIRE”
Two years ago a project was launched to assess accessibility statements made by organizations in the publishing industry, evaluating the performance against the promises. This webinar looks at the lessons from that initial projects and offers practical advice for authoring and interpreting accessibility statements.

May 6, 2020 will be “Publishing, accessibility, W3C standards – where are we and how did we get here?”
Behind the scenes of any technology you can find a significant amount of effort invested over many years has shaped where we are today. This session will reflect on the EPUB 3 journey to become the most popular and most accessible digital publishing standard in the world.

May 13, 2020 will be “Easy access to books and articles through a smart speaker”
In a world where smart speakers appear to be everywhere, how can these easy to use devices with their intelligent assistants help with access to reading books and articles? This webinar will explain the accessibility features of Amazon Echo and Google Assistant, and present case studies of their application for people with print impairments. As well as exploring the technical aspects of configuring such services, we will review user feedback and acceptability of the experiences.

Previous webinars:
April 8, 2020 Publishers Faceoff to Prove the Accessibility of their titles.
Publishers are making accessibility claims, but what is really happening inside the digital cover?
This webinar will provide a platform for disability experts from the DSO and accessible publishing community to dive deep into EPUB 3 digital textbooks from the top selling publishers in Higher education.

April 1, 2020 Helping Higher Ed Students with access to accessible course material during the COVID-19 crisis https://daisy.org/news-events/articles/helping-higher-ed-students-with-access-to-accessible-course-material-during-the-covid-19-crisis-w/
The session explored some of the ways that students can continue to work remotely and accessibly at this challenging time. Presenters from VitalSource and RedShelf will discuss their new initiatives which are currently available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland.
The fully captioned recording of the webinar, slide deck, extended description and all links are published on the page linked above.

You have already signed up for the latest information, but your friends and colleagues can join you by visiting this form:

Remember the full list of forthcoming and archived webinars are always available at:

Many thanks once again for your interest in the webinar series, we look forward to bringing you details of a new webinar next week.

The DAISY Consortium

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