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New tool to convert Word docs to EPUB 3

The Daisy Consortium has created a tool that converts Word documents (on Windows) into EPUB 3 documents.

EPUB is a digital format for reading publications on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. EPUBs include rich navigation and various accessibility features. The EPUB files created with the Daisy tool can be used in a wide variety of reading apps on any platform. It also has the ability to personalize visual features such as colors, font, text size, and layout. Many reading apps that are used to access EPUB files have other useful features built in such as read aloud, note and highlight feature, bookmarks, and support for electronic braille.

The Daisy Consortium supports open standards and helps develop inclusive publishing ecosystems for everybody.

Find out more about WordToEPUB.

Learn more about creating inclusive EPUB 3 in Floe’s Inclusive Learning Design Handbook.

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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are research, teaching and learning materials that are free to use because they are in the public domain or have an open license. OERs are part of a movement to support equal access to education and lifelong learning for everyone. Many people, including educators, learners, and publishers are developing, adapting, remixing and sharing OERs. An OER is like a growing plant; each shared adaptation and remix is a new unfurling leaf making the OER plant more robust. Each new openly-licensed resource is like a new plant. The more robust and varied the OERs, the more sustainable the OER ecosystem. Learners can thrive in an OER ecosystem when we design OERs inclusively to benefit all learners.

Digital OERs

Digital resources come in many different formats including audio recordings, videos, written texts, or interactive simulations. An OER can be as simple as a digital document created with word processing (eg. Google Docs or MS Word) or as complex as modules made up of different content formats (eg. video and text), embedded interactive components (eg. calculators and simulations), and different methods of delivering learning (eg. multi-step quizzes). Read More about “Open Educational Resources”

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