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    201911
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    This is LibreTexts adaptation of the Accessibilty Toolkit published by BCampus for their Pressbooks OER development environment. LibreTexts provides other resources to help guide OER development on our platform, starting with our Construction Guide and including a large number of YouTube videos

    Welcome to LibreTexts' Accessibility Toolkit . This support resource was written for open textbook authors—and others involved in writing and publishing—to create a truly open and accessible textbook.

    LibreTexts began as the Chemwiki in 2008 because Delmar Larsen he was tired of asking his UC Davis Chemistry students to pay hundreds of dollars for commercial textbooks. He also knew open educational resources (OER) could help his students save money and succeed in his course because he could adapt them directly to their needs. Prof. Larsen understands firsthand the transformative power of education, crediting his own education for lifting him out of poverty while experiencing homelessness, living in his dad’s truck behind a Denny’s. Others at UC Davis began to notice and wanted to use the system for teaching their courses, first in chemistry, then physics, biology and math. In 2018 Libretexts won the first Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Award and expanded to fill the rest of the curriculum. Today we are developing software to build the textbook of the future, with an integrated homework system, project management software and much more.

    Open educational resources (OER) are defined as teaching, learning, and research resources that, through permissions granted by the copyright holder, allow others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them. We consider this publication — along with our guides, slide decks, and other support materials –as a type of OER that trains faculty, staff, and students how to build, customize, and use open textbooks.

    This toolkit does not come with an index. Instead, use the search field located in the top-right of each page in the online version to locate a specific topic.

    If you find an error in this toolkit or anywhere else in LibreTexts, please report it using the Report a Textbook Error form. For other feedback or comments, send email to info@libretexts.org.

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