Navigating the Course: Creating Accessible STEM

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Presented at 8:00am in Cotton Creek I on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



  • Megan Gibbs, Instructional Designer, Kennesaw State University

Session Details

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


Kennesaw State University recently developed a STEM-specific online guide for faculty to refer to when creating accessible STEM materials. This session will discuss the research conducted to create this guide, the implementation process, and our future plans to turn this into a professional development workshop.


Since 2016 Kennesaw State University has been conducting online and face-to-face accessibility workshops for all faculty. These workshops cover the basics for creating accessible course materials (document accessibility, captioning, etc). We have had many workshop participants who teach in the STEM fields. It became apparent that their needs for accessibility differed from those who taught in other content areas.

We set out to find resources for these faculty that was specific to their fields. This was a daunting task since open source accessible STEM solutions are not widely available. In addition, many of the information we initially found was not relevant to higher education.

This session will explain our approach to finding relevant materials, the process for developing an online guide for faculty, and our future plans to develop a STEM Accessibility Workshop.


  1. Participants will be able to identify the need for accessible STEM in Higher Education
  2. Participants will be able to identify and discuss key elements of an exemplary online STEM accessibility guide
  3. Participants will be able to identify key strategies for helping faculty create accessible STEM courses

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Megan Gibbs

Megan received her MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Georgia State University in 2016. She began working as an Instructional Designer at Kennesaw State University in June of 2016. During her time there she has worked on the Digital Badge program, KSU MOOCs, and most recently began working with faculty on web accessibility.