Cross Departmental Accessibility Focus: College-Wide Student Success and Online Courses

Scheduled at 8:00am in Plaza D on Thursday, November 18.

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Speaker(s)

  • Steven Bianco, Coordinator, Accessibility and LMS Administration, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Angie Hartsell, Director, Office of ADAptive Services, Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Rozalind Jester, Assistant Vice Provost, Online Learning, Florida SouthWestern State College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Panel
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) continually works towards meeting and exceeding the level of access to all students, faculty, and staff to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within the College. Active relationships and frequent faculty and staff training efforts ensure collaboration and expert guidance throughout the College.

Abstract

Since 2018, FSW began promoting a culture of access through active collaboration between the Library, Academic Schools, Academic Advising, ADAptive Services, Student Engagement, The Learning Center, General Counsel, eLearning, Facilities, & other areas. This cultural change has led to efficiencies in employee & student referrals for assistance through the Early Alert system, provision of accommodations, & the push for Universal Design for Learning & for the College's online presence with courses & public-facing website content. Notably, the deep partnerships between the Office of ADAptive Services & the Office of Information Technology helped to bolster College-Wide accessibility efforts to provide faculty & staff training opportunities for accessible design, along with the inclusion of the DEV 101 Online Certification Process for course development to include instructional designers, accessibility specialists, & librarians in the process to design accessible master online courses.

Keypoints

  1. Create a culture of collaboration and awareness training for compliance.
  2. Identify campus stakeholders & develop strategic partnerships w/ Academic Affairs, Library, IT, & ADAptive Svc
  3. Inter-departmental collaboration to ensure students, faculty, and staff are directed to appropriate resources.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Captioning/Transcription, Faculty Development & Support, Institutional/Campus Change, Legal, Procurement, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Steven Bianco

Steven Bianco is the Coordinator of Accessibility and LMS Administration serving Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) from the College’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) since August, 2018. He works closely with the Office of ADAptive Services, Teaching Learning Center, eLearning, and other areas. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Supervision and Management from FSW and has been with the College for 15 years. His work centers on web accessibility, eLearning content, Assistive Technologies, and providing resources and guidance to promote increased access. Prior to working for OIT, he served the College’s Library Services as a Library Technology Systems Specialist integrating technologies for improved library services and workflows.

Angie Hartsell

As a non-traditional, low-income, first-generation college student, Angela Hartsell graduated from Mississippi State University, obtaining both a Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology with a minor in Art in 2002 and a Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in vocational rehabilitation in 2004. Angela has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 2004. She served for 5 years as a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor/Home Economic Instructor for the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services with the REACH Center for the Blind in Tupelo, MS. She served as a VR Counselor for the Division of Blind Services in Fort Myers, FL, for 3 years.

Angela Hartsell joined FSW in 2021 and is currently the Director of ADAptive Services at Florida SouthWestern State College. "Angie" possesses a passion for individuals with disabilities and is honored to be a part of the empowerment process.

Rozalind Jester

Rozalind Jester is the Assistant Vice Provost, Online Learning at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). She studied as a National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) where she earned her doctorate in Ocean Science. She has served in different distance education leadership roles at FSW since she joined the college as marine science faculty in 2008. During her tenure as faculty she served as an advisor for the student honor society, lead research-based study abroad, and co-taught honors interdisciplinary courses. She aims to instill a sense of inquiry and social responsibility in her students and is committed to ensuring all FSW students have equal access to an enriching academic experience.