Our Road to Accessibility; Partnering Across Teams

Scheduled at 9:15am in Meadowbrook II on Friday, November 17 (2017).



  • Scott Virkler, Chief Product Officer, McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Session Details

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


Digital accessibility must be addressed by any organization. But who leads this charge? Who does the work? This session will focus on how one organization is addressing accessibility in a time of industry change.


Everyone can agree that technology needs to be accessible and usable for all students; but where to start? McGraw-Hill Education shares their story on the road to accessibility. From UX to project managers, marketing and sales, McGraw-Hill shares how they have been able to partner across different areas of the organization with one goal in mind; digital accessibility. This session will focus on accessibility roles and responsibilities across the organization. We will look at a case study of how one team is challenging themselves to not just deliver compliant software, but truly a best in class experience. We will take a look at challenges, wins, and lessons learned.


  1. Defining accessibility responsibilitites across an organziation
  2. success and challenges with accessibility implementation
  3. user stories and digital accessibility

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Scott Virkler

Scott Virkler is Chief Product Officer for McGraw-Hill Education’s higher education division. He has over 25 years of experience working with education, information & online media companies and leading their efforts to leverage software and the internet to better serve their customers. He joined McGraw-Hill Education in July 2013 to lead the creation of the centralized Digital Portfolio, Program and Product Management team, and became Chief Product Officer in 2016.

In his current role Scott leads McGraw-Hill Education’s learning science efforts for the higher education market. This includes the creation, management and delivery of all products, both print and digital in this market.

His previous experience includes leading digital product management for Elsevier, servicing the higher education and medical education markets. While there he oversaw the creation of new innovative product solutions for educators, students and professionals. He also built a digital training and education business in the oil and gas industry for Petroskills. Prior to these Mr. Virkler was a key executive at the successful engineering information start-up GlobalSpec, leading new product development there.

In addition, he held a variety of management positions with General Electric and the U.S. Air Force. While at, GE, Scott led Corporate Six Sigma Quality and operational & product teams, as well as developed some of the earliest online business application tools and products in the early 1990s. In parallel, Scott had a 22- year career as a Logistics Officer in the Air National Guard, retiring as a Commander overseeing flight operations in Antarctica. He is also a decorated veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Mr. Virkler received his B.S. in MIS from RPI, and his MBA from Gannon University. He lives in Clifton Park, NY with his wife, Denise, and two children, Claire and Mitchell.