Christine Scherer

Content Specialist

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

Welcome to Jeanne Kerl, Learning Designer!

We’re very excited to welcome Jeanne Kerl as our newest full-time Learning Designer! Jeanne began working as a freelance learning designer for SPS Distance Learning a few months ago, so we were already familiar with her work, her rapport with faculty, and her dedication to creating high-quality learning experiences for students. Jeanne has experience in both designing courses and teaching them, which will bring in new perspectives to our office and development process. We’re very happy to have Jeanne join the DL team!


Web Accessibility: What’s the Law Say?

When talking about web accessibility, many people will reference the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as the law that requires websites to be made accessible. This isn’t an entirely accurate description, however. In actuality, there is no single web accessibility law or statute. Instead, the legal requirements of web accessibility stem from a patchwork of laws and court decisions, which can often lead to confusion when trying to enforce web accessibility standards–especially in higher education. Let’s try to demystify some of this confusion and go through the major laws that dictate web accessibility. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 While


Student Services Panel: September 2017 Online Learning Webinar

The September Online Learning Webinar had presenters from Student Services, the Registrar’s Office, the Writing Place, and the University Library. Students may have questions or issues that impact their learning experience, but are beyond the ability of faculty to address. Each presenter explained how the resources in their area can help students and allow faculty to focus on teaching. Sean Kavanaugh, NU SPS Director of Academic and Career Management, presented on the student experience outside the classroom, the adviser’s role at SPS, and the work of Student Services at SPS and the larger university. Ashley Cook, NU SPS Registration Lead,


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