Introduction The Loyola Digital Accessibility Conference was organized by graduate students in the digital humanities program at Loyola University. The event drew presenters and attendees from all over the country, including a team who called in from University of California-Davis! Content Specialist Christine Scherer and Learning Designer Krissy Wilson represented the School of Professional Studies Distance Learning department on the Tackling Large Scale Accessibility panel. The presentations covered a wide range of issues, from accessibility of digital library resources to podcast transcripts to retrofitting inaccessible web pages. But there were common themes raised throughout the conversations. One theme was that
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As the SPS DL Content Specialist, I’m responsible for editing, proofreading, formatting, and writing content for our course sites. I work with our Instructional Designers and our faculty to make sure that their course documents are in the best shape possible before they’re shared with the students. I am also responsible for training developers and designers on our accessibility standards, and I make sure that our online courses are compliant with web accessibility guidelines.
Editing for so many classes has the additional benefit of giving me the chance to read about topics I never would have considered before—I’ve learned a lot about forensic accounting, IT security, and global healthcare systems, just from reviewing handouts and assignments. I also write and edit the guides on this website, as well as many of the blog posts.
Before joining the NU team, I worked at DePaul University, and I maintain a small freelance editing business in addition to my full-time job. When I’m not rearranging sentences or fussing over the Oxford comma, I spend my time playing video games, having board game nights with friends, and reading novels and comics from my ever-growing book collection.
Posts by: Christine Scherer
In March’s Online Learning Webinar, Learning Designer Krissy Wilson presented background information on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and five easy ways to incorporate UDL into an online course. Faculty attendees shared ideas and strategies they’ve used in past courses. You can watch a recording of the webinar on BlueJeans. As a follow-up to a question in the webinar, anchor tags can be used in Canvas. For more information, see this thread from the Canvas Community.
On February 8, 2018, I attended and presented at this year’s ICCHE-ACHE Great Lakes Joint Conference. The conference theme was Learning to Change, and many of the presentations focused on the necessity and challenge of change, especially in professional/continuing education. I was also lucky enough to present on accessibility in online education and shared the story of our office’s continuing growth in this area. Keynote: Change Management and Conscious Competence The conference began with a keynote by Carolyn Nordstrom, the Vice President of Faculty and Academic Resources at Kaplan University. Drawing upon her decades of experience in teaching and higher