Embracing the Workshop Model: A Scalable System for Ongoing Adaptive Technology Support

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Speaker(s)

  • Michele Bromley, Adaptive Technology Specialist, Portland State University

Session Details

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

Summary

Depending on enrollment and corresponding staff capacity, one-on-one adaptive technology assessment and support may not be an option. This presentation will outline effective means for developing comprehensive adaptive technology assessment, training, and support services through qualitative surveys, regular workshops, and targeted drop-in hours.

Abstract

Regardless of whether or not they identify as a person with a disability, every student intakes, processes, and outputs information differently. Regrettably, information and practices in an academic setting are often designed for one type of learner. Adaptive technology can bridge that divide and allow students the freedom to access materials in the way, or ways, that work best for them. At a smaller scale, and with the requisite number of disability services staff in place, students with disabilities might have the opportunity to meet with someone one-on-one to discuss the tools most relevant to their needs. Increases in enrollment and realistic expectations for time and capacity restraints in the disability services office mean that more scalable methods may be necessary. This presentation will outline effective means for developing comprehensive adaptive technology assessment, training, and support services through qualitative surveys, regular workshops, and targeted drop-in hours.

Keypoints

  1. Comprehensive adaptive technology needs assessment can be conducted effectively via interactive survey.
  2. A workshop structure for adaptive technology training allows multiple students to benefit simultaneously.
  3. Consistent drop-in hours allow students to feel as if they are being supported according to their schedule.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Michele Bromley

Michele Bromley is the Adaptive Technology Specialist and Alternative Formats Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center at Portland State University (PSU). She has worked in disability services since 2009 and at PSU since 2014. Michele serves as a member of PSU’s Accessibility Committee and Accessible Technology Coordination Subcommittee. She is also serving her third term as Communications Officer on the Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disability (ORAHEAD) Board of Directors. Michele has facilitated numerous adaptive technology and digital accessibility trainings at PSU and presented on captioning, alternative format production, adaptive technology, and accessible digital design at several regional ORAHEAD conferences. Michele has also presented nationally on these topics at the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference, the Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI), and Accessing Higher Ground (AHG): AHEAD’s Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference.