Christine Scherer

Content Editor

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

OLC Accelerate Reflections

This past November, members of the Distance Learning team attended the annual, national OLC Accelerate Conference in Orlando, Florida. Some of our staff shared their reflections on some of the most valuable things they learned during the three-day conference. William Guth OLC Accelerate was perhaps my most productive conference experience to date. In addition to presenting at this national conference, I attended several presentations and discussions which have inspired me to improve the online experience for our online students. One intriguing new idea for me was that of syllabi as infographics. As it stands now. syllabi are an informal agreement


Uncomplicating Alt-Text for Complex Images

Including alt-text on images is one of the most basic requirements for web accessibility. Alt-text is a brief description of the information conveyed by the image and allows visually impaired users to fully engage with all content on a web page. For simple images, writing alt-text is easy. An image of the Chicago skyline, for example, could have alt-text reading “The Chicago downtown skyline, which includes the Willis Tower and Hancock building, at sunrise.” Pretty straightforward, right? But in online education, not all images are so simple. When teaching courses on subjects such as global health, predictive analytics, or medical


SLATE 2016 Conference Reflections

On October 20, 2016, most of the SPS Distance Learning team attended and presented at SLATE 2016. There were numerous sessions and opportunities for conversations with our colleagues in distance learning and online education. Below are some reflections on what we heard, saw, and learned. Jessica Mansbach The Mobilizing Classroom Assessment addressed different ways to decide which technology tools work best for your assessment needs. The presenters reviewed pros and cons of a variety of classroom assessment techniques. They shared Classroom Assessment Techniques Advance Organizer, a useful resource to use to carefully consider what students already know, what skills you


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