🔖 Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science from Rajiv Jhangiani, Robert Biswas-Diener (eds.)

Bookmarked Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science by Rajiv Jhangiani, Robert Biswas-Diener (eds.) (Ubiquity Press)

Affordable education. Transparent science. Accessible scholarship.

These ideals are slowly becoming a reality thanks to the open education, open science, and open access movements. Running separate—if parallel—courses, they all share a philosophy of equity, progress, and justice. This book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open movement.

It’s not just the book about which there’s so much to find interesting, but the website that’s serving it is well designed, crafted, and very forward thinking in what it is doing.

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Accessibility on the Web

I certainly don’t go out of my way to follow the topic of accessibility, though I do think about it occasionally. It’s apparently bubbling up more frequently as something in need of some dire attention on both the web and in real life.

I ran across three different pleas in less than the span of an hour, so it’s something I’ll commend to everyone’s attention. Rachel’s tweet has some nice linked resources. I’ll have to take a closer look at what I can do to better support these ideas myself.

I’m glad that WordPress.org has a feature filter checkbox for “accessibility ready” on their themes page, but they should begin using that flag to filter out those which aren’t and just not showing them. It would be nice to have that type of functionality to be able to sort plugins by as well, or to leverage plugins to support it against the threat of being de-listed.

I highly recommend these two additional articles I saw that touch upon two different areas:

Excluded from Confoo Speaker Dinner: What Happened and How it Made Me Feel by Nicolas Steenhout

Spooled Twitter Thread: OK Third-Party WordPress, We Need To Have A Come-to-Jesus Meeting About Your Accessibility Flare by Amanda Rush

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