I’m positively thrilled to announce that with some expert help from my friends and colleagues at the Inclusive Design Research Center (IDRC) at the Ontario College of Art and Design, my website is now equipped with Learner Options, developed as part of the Hewlett-funded Flexible Learning for Open Education (FLOE) Project. Look at the top right of this (or any) page. Now back to me. Now back to the top of the page. What do you see? That’s right: FLOE Learner Options.
If you click on the little tab that says “+ Show Display Preferences” you will get an amazing array of accessibility tools to help you better consume the content on my site. With Learner Options, you can seamlessly adjust things like text size, text style, contrast, and line spacing, among other features. What’s more, the open source community of the FLOE project is continuously expanding the Learner Options available. The project recognizes that learners are diverse and learning must be delivered as a one-size-fits-one experience to support that diversity and optimize accessibility and learning for each user.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you are interested in deploying Learner Options on your site, I am happy to connect you with the FLOE Project team, who is always more than happy and willing to help folks get Learner Options up and running on their site. In fact, the team has actually used my site as an opportunity to develop a plug-in for WordPress that will allow any WordPress user to quickly and efficiently install Learner Options. The plug-in is still under development, but should be ready for prime-time in the near future. Stay tuned!
I just learned that the WordPress Plugin for Learner Options is now available. The plugin can be downloaded from the IDRC’s Github repository at https://github.com/fluid-project/uio-wordpress-plugin/ The “readme.txt” file includes installation instructions. Now let’s all get a bit more inclusive!