26 February 2009

Day of Dialogue included Conversation about VPAT

More than 100 people gathered in San Francisco yesterday for a Day of Dialogue about ePortfolios. Guided by the ePortfolios in the CSU Advisory Group, the attendees selected seminars from three tracks: Assessment, Teaching and Learning, and Workforce/Professional Development. The CSU Advisory Group members represent considerable hands-on experience in selecting and implementing ePortfolios on their campuses as well as interpreting uses for other educators (through their web site as well as in venues such as the Day of Dialogue).

Among the topics of yesterday's discussions was VPAT, Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. A PDF document by San Jose State University explains what is essentially a guide for vendors to demonstrate ADA compliance for electronic and information technology. (Thanks to SJSU Associate Vice President Mary Jo Gorney-Morena for her impromptu explanation of this issue, with examples of the commercial LMS vendors that meet these requirements.)

More detail is available in reports of the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative.

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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