Krista Greear, Access Text and Technology Manager, Univeristy of Washington
Melinda McRae, Learning Management & Web Specialist, School of , University of Washington
Disability Area: Topic Area:
Length of Session (in hours): 1-hr
Expertise Level: All Levels
Type of session: Not provided
Summary of Session
It is becoming more common for faculty to distribute required readings in electronic format through Learning Management Systems. In the recent history, the UW's School of Social Work and Disability Resources for Students have partnered together to provide more files that are "accessible-born" to all students in the class.
This presentation is a continuation from AHG 2014 where Krista shared data about the amount and type of content that faculty are distributing through Learning Management Systems (20,000 pages and counting). Last year data was collected; this year, Melinda and Krista will share how the UW’s School of Social Work is leading other departments in creating accessible-born materials. This partnership is truly a win-win for both departments. Successes, pitfalls and encouragement will be shared to give folks ideas about what can be done on their campus to combat poorly scanned documents, image-based files and working with faculty who have dozens of other priorities.
Share how one university used data to initiate conversations for change with faculty
Provide ideas for creating a collaborative relationship between faculty/departments and DS providers.
Brainstorm best practices that can be modified at any campus for easy-wins regarding faculty-shared content
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.
Melinda is a Web Computing Specialist within the School of Social Work. She came to the school with 10 years experience working with UW Nursing.