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Prioritizing accessibility from procurement

Features like captioning and live transcription proved valuable during the pandemic, but higher education institutions are still working on prioritizing accessibility when buying new technology, experts said during a panel this week. Even if an institution did not fully consider accessibility when buying software or a new tool, there are still ways to go back to the vendor and ensure that student needs are met, CAST's Sam Johnston told EdScoop. Emily Bamforth explains.

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Optimizing online reading

Finding the right font and spacing for digital text can save students time, a new educational consortium housed at the University of Central Florida claims. The "Readability Consortium," including Google, Adobe and Readability Matters, a nonprofit group that focuses on accessibility through digital formatting, is developing tools so individual users can personalize their online and digital reading experiences. Emily reports.

Hosting classes in the metaverse

Education researchers have long explored how virtual reality could change the classroom, but a Brookings report released this week digs into the promise of the metaverse, a blended in-person and digital environment. The report argues experiencing virtual environments with real-life classmates and an instructor can help students actively learn. Emily explains.

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