Last month, I had the privilege of attending the national conference of the Association of Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). The three-day conference was a time for staff, faculty, and students who work in disability services and accessibility to meet and share their knowledge, experiences, and stories. I had the opportunity to present on the Distance Learning department’s efforts on web accessibility and share our processes and guidelines with other institutions. I also attended numerous sessions and learned a great deal about accessibility, disability services, and disability culture. Here are five of the many, many takeaways I brought back from
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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 the August Online Learning Webinar, IDS faculty David Noffs and SPS learning designer Jessica Mansbach discussed their collaboration in the development and launch of IDS 425: Learning Environment Design. They provided an overview of the design and development process for an online course and discussed highlights of their collaboration as well as challenges they faced. To watch the recording, visit Blue Jeans. You can also visit the Showcase page.
Recently, Instructional Technologist William Guth has written about Web 2.0 Selection Criteria, which help online learning faculty and staff select the best web tools for their course. One of those criteria is making sure that the tool is accessible. But how can you find out? Given the vast variety of tools available, it’s a tough question to answer. But there are a few things you can do to make sure that a web tool has some degree of accessibility for students. What does accessibility mean? In this instance, accessibility means making sure that a tool can be accessed and interacted