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

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Scheduled at 9:15am in Waverly on Friday, November 22.

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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 IT Accessibility Coordinator for the Office of Information Technology at Portland State University (PSU). In this capacity, she serves as a digital accessibility resource for the university—providing support, technical direction, and assessment related to the accessibility of new and existing information and communication technologies (ICT). Prior to filling this role, Michele worked for five years as the Adaptive Technology Specialist and Alternative Formats Coordinator in PSU's Disability Resource Center. Michele's primary areas of expertise are accessible digital design, digital accessibility validation, alternative media, and adaptive technology. She has presented nationally on these topics at the Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Conference, and AHEAD’s Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference: Accessing Higher Ground (AHG).

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