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CISL Quarterly Updates

Did you know CISL sends out quarterly updates? The CISL Update—sent up to 4 times per year with periodic breaking news updates—is a great way to stay current with CISL research, programming development, events, and publications. You'll get the latest CAST and CISL news right in your inbox!

  • September 2022: Start the school year off strong with our Clusive resources. 
  • March 2022: Clusive adds features, connections, and support that have been most requested by our users
  • December 2021: The CISL team celebrates another year and several accomplishments
  • August 2021: Clusive continues to improve their features and launches the Summer Reading Challange
  • February 2021: CISL responds to the needs of students, parents and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • August 2020: Updates on new features on the CISL website, Clusive development, and upcoming conferences
  • June 2020: CISL response to COVID-19, video walk through of Clusive and gearing up for user-testing this summer and beta testing in the fall
  • February 2020: Updates on Clusive development, new features on the CISL website, user testing, and more

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Previous CISL events and presentations:

  • Presentation

    Get in Clusive! Accessible, Adaptive, and Empowered Learning

    11:00AM – 12:00PM CT on Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    After COVID-19, the need for personalized, flexible learning tools that can seamlessly move between in-person and online learning will only grow. Educators must also have tools, like Clusive, that provide a rich variety of features to support the variability in their students and help them succeed.
  • Webinar

    Clusive & Bookshare: A Powerful Partnership for Inclusive Literacy

    Cluey, the Clusive character, holding a tablet featuring the Bookshare logo

    3:00PM – 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 1, 2022

    The partnership of Clusive and Bookshare opens the full library of Bookshare to the power and flexibility of Clusive, CAST's free, flexible, and adaptive learning environment.
  • Presentation

    CEC 2022: Clusive: A Next-Generation UDL Based E-Reader to Support Access, Comprehension, and Reaction to Digital Content

    1:00PM – 2:00PM EST on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    This session will highlight the importance of making high-quality and accessible digital materials available to students with disabilities and other struggling learners.
  • Presentation

    ATIA 2022: Get in Clusive! Accessible, Adaptive, and Empowered Learning

    8:00AM – 9:00AM EST on Saturday, January 29, 2022

    Experience Clusive, a free accessible, adaptive UDL learning tool promoting learner agency for all.
  • Presentation

    ATIA 2022: You Can Make an EPUB - Easy Tools to Get You Started

    2:15PM – 3:30PM EST on Thursday, January 27, 2022

    Learn to create EPUBs from Google or Word files to improve readability and usability for everyone!
  • Presentation

    ISTE 2020: Flexible, Accessible and Adaptive Digital Learning

    1:00PM – 1:50PM PT on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    Come see a demonstration of the Clusive tool and try it out yourself! With Clusive, students can adjust display settings, get support to learn new vocabulary, and adjust the complexity of text in an adaptive way.
  • Presentation

    Equity4All: Access and the Narrative of Frederick Douglass

    1:15PM – 12:00AM PST on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

    This session explores how a challenging core literary text, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass can be made accessible to all learners. We will use principles of UDL in combination with technology of the Clusive Learning Environment to examine how preferences and adaptivity support bringing equity to learning.
  • Presentation

    Equity for all: Access and the Narrative of Frederick Douglass

    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Thursday, August 6, 2020

    This session explores how a core literary text, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass can be made accessible to all learners. Materials are based on the 7th grade engageNY ELA Module. We will use principles of UDL in combination with technology of the Clusive Learning Environment to examine how preferences and adaptivity support and bring equity to learning.
  • Summit

    #GoOpen (OER) Summit: Creating Born Accessible OER

    5:00PM – 6:00PM EDT on Thursday, April 2, 2020

    CISL and ISKME partner once again during the #GoOpen (OER) Summit to highlight the opportunities and value of creating engaging, free, openly licensed resources that are flexible and accessible. This presentation is one of 25 sessions offered during the summit.
  • Presentation

    ATIA 2020: Building Flexible and Adaptive Digital Tools for Learning with UDL

    4:30PM – 5:30PM ET on Friday, January 31, 2020

    In this hands-on, bring-your-own-device session, participants have the opportunity to access and build open-source resources that can be incorporated into instructional practice, try out Clusive, a beta release of CISL’s learning environment tool, and inform the development of a learner preferences discovery experience.
  • Meeting

    2019 Advisor Meeting: Planning for Year 3

    11:00AM – 1:00PM ET on Friday, December 6, 2019

    The CISL team met virtually with their advisors to discuss CISL’s Year 2 accomplishments, Year 3 priorities, dissemination of project activities, and plans for ongoing feedback and involvement with advisors.
  • Presentation

    OpenEd 2019: Accessible & Adaptive Digital Learning Environment for OERs

    12:00PM – 1:00PM GMT on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    In this hands-on session, participants are introduced to a beta release of Clusive and OER resources that can be incorporated into instructional practice. Participants get a brief overview of the project and try out the tool.
  • Presentation

    Inclusion Collaborative 2019: Make Digital Content ‘Sizzle'

    1:00PM – 2:00PM PT on Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Learn about and help design Clusive, our new UDL player that personalizes supports and scaffolds to maximize access and learning.
  • Presentation

    OpenEd 2019: Accessibility Metadata for OER Discovery and Creation

    12:00PM – 1:00PM MT on Friday, October 18, 2019

    The session looks at research on accessibility metadata and its application. The research shows a dearth of well-defined and understood metadata descriptions. The session presents a metadata framework that can be used to consistently describe the accessible attributes needed in both the discovery and creation of OER.
  • Presentation

    Guelph Accessibility Conference 2019: High-Quality Digital Learning for All

    2:00PM – 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Come hear about what we've learned so far, where our open-source software development is going, and the challenges and possibilities of inclusive design for open education.
  • Presentation

    Northeast OER Summit 2019: Opening up OERs

    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    OERs (Open Educational Resources) are becoming increasingly available and important as classroom materials. Yet available does not mean accessible. In this session, participants explore the barriers and potential of OERs, how UDL considerations when creating OERs can impact their reach, and how the CISL reader prototype can work with OERs to reduce barriers and support all learners.
  • Presentation

    CSUN 2019: The Potential of OERs for Students with Disabilities

    8:00AM – 9:30AM PST on Friday, March 15, 2019

    OERs complement traditional learning materials, however, many remain inaccessible for students with disabilities. Come learn about the Center for Inclusive Software for Learning (CISL) and how it is working to make learning accessible to all students.
  • Presentation

    CEC 2019: Ensuring Access to New Technologies and Resources

    3:00PM – 5:00PM ET on Saturday, February 2, 2019

    Open Educational Resources (OERs) have been a growing alternative to traditional educational materials. Despite great promise, many OERs have remained inaccessible for the needs of students with disabilities. This session will demonstrate a UDL player, preference discovery, and authoring tool to help OERs meet their potential for access and learning. Participants will have an opportunity to try prototype versions of the tools and provide feedback that will be incorporated into subsequent iterations. We will also provide information and links to other existing tools and resources.
  • Presentation

    ATIA 2019: Free software with OERs

    1:00PM – 2:00PM ET on Thursday, January 31, 2019

    What are the barriers and opportunities presented by OERs? This session demonstrates how OERs and UDL can combine to build a rich, accessible learning environment for all learners.
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