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Introduction

The Floe Project collaborates with a wide variety of partners to assist them in their open education projects. The Floe Project has helped partners improve access to content and expand inclusion through practical resources, accessibility and inclusion audits, and assistance in implementation of digital curb cuts.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Edify

Edify is a company developing education technology which has been contracted by The NROC Project to develop and maintain EdReady - a learning management system. The design of EdReady was done by Blue Marble.

In 2015, a WebSavvy web accessibility audit was performed on the student and instructor portals on EdReady which identified a number of deficiencies related to WCAG 2.0 compliance. The IDRC, through the Floe Project, was asked by NROC in late 2015 to collaborate directly with Edify to build up capacity within Edify staff, and improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of the EdReady front end.

One particular issue identified during the meetings was the usage of modal dialogs. To address the design and accessibility concerns related to modal interactions, the Modal Dialogs guide was written for the Inclusive Learning Design Handbook.

See: Edify Collaboration

Lumen Learning

The Floe Project assisted Lumen Learning by performing an analysis of some of the interactive assessments and learning tools within their platform. Floe provided Lumen short-term and long-term recommendations to help improve accessibility and inclusion. From this partnership, Floe created the "(Inclusive) Web Games and Simulations" entry in the Inclusive Learning Design Handbook as a resource to help other organizations.

See: Lumen Learning Analysis of Utility Simulation

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is creating the "Learner Positioning System" which aims to help curriculum developers and educators identify strategies and address factors to improve learning experiences. In this on-going collaboration, Floe is assisting Digital Promise in identifying areas to improve accessibility, usability, and inclusion.

Pressbooks and Rebus

Floe is involved in the Pressbooks open source community providing insights and resources related to accessibility and inclusion. Floe's previous research into authoring and feedback tools will play an important part in the authoring and creation of open textbooks through Rebus and Pressbooks.

Hypothes.is

Floe is collaborating with Hypothes.is by providing technical and design knowledge related to web accessibility and usability. Two community meetings were held to analyze the Hypothes.is web annotation tool, and practical feedback was given to improve screen reader and keyboard access.

Bodies in Translation

To do.

Other Collaborations

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