PDFs and Professors: What is Reasonable to Ask of Instructors

Bios & Handouts Videos

Scheduled at 9:15am in Cotton Creek I on Thursday, November 17 (2016).



  • Krista Greear, Access Text and Technology Manager, Univeristy of Washington

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


Instructors love PDFs. Disability service offices typically don't, unless they are made accessible. Come learn how one institution has strived to improve PDF accessibility on campus.


Using data, the speaker will identify issues regarding the accessibility of PDFs that instructors use in their curriculum. Also, the speaker will identify strategies to support faculty on campus when there is not yet administrator buy-in for campus-wide efforts.


  1. Share how one university used data to initiate conversations for change with faculty
  2. Brainstorm best practices that can be modified at any campus for easy-wins regarding faculty-shared content
  3. Identify partners on your campus to collaborate with.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design

Speaker Bio(s)

Krista Greear

Krista’s love for helping students, technology and data is a great fit for her position as the Access Text and Technology Manager, where she provides accessible textbooks, course packs, articles and other instructional materials. She has served in higher education disability services, providing students with alternate text for 8 years — 4 as a part-time employee at Central Washington University and 4 years full-time at the University of Washington. She is involved with the UW’s Web Council, Approaches on Accessibility interest group, Online Advising group and Husky Toastmasters. In her graduate work in Educational Technology, Krista aims to learn more about the tools, content and strategies faculty use to teach online and hybrid courses in order to train faculty how to create accessible-born courses, degrees and programs.