Lessons learned from managing a student workforce in creating STEM alternate materials

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Presented at 8:00am in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Brian Richwine, Senior Accessibility Strategist - Learning Technologies, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Mary Stores, Principal Accessibility Consultant, Indiana University Bloomington

Session Details

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


An overview of lessons learned in 15+ years of producing alternate formats of STEM materials in higher ed courses for students with low-vision and blindness. Topics covered include selecting student workers, team building and organization, training, alt-formats utilized, tools used, and experiences contracting alt-media from vendors.


This presentation is based on the experiences of Indiana University’s Assistive Technology and Accessibilities Centers (ATAC) as we produced alternate media for students with low-vision and blindness. We will cover lessons learned as we’ve had to scale up production to provide alternate media for an increasing number of courses and significantly increasing subject matter complexity. Topics include: selecting, building, training, supporting, and organizing the alt-media production team; lessons learned from working with contracted alternate media vendors; overview of the training materials, job aids, reference materials, and tools used in producing STEM alternate media; alternate media formats used; assistive technology used by students in STEM courses such as tactile graphic creation tools and talking calculators.


  1. Lessons learned building and supporting an internal team of student workers and from contracting alt-media
  2. Training materials, job aids, reference materials, production tools, and quality assurance processes.
  3. Alt-media formats and assistive technologies used.

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Speaker Bio(s)

Brian Richwine

Brian has a BSEE from GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering University). He has worked with assistive technology, alternate media, and web/IT accessibility at while supporting the accessible use of learning technologies (LT) at Indiana University for 22 years.

Mary Stores

Mary will provide this soon!


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