Presentations by Krista

Making STEM Content Usable for Diverse Learners

WA Canvas Conference 2019

Making STEM content accessible is not something most faculty and instructors have been taught. As a result, many are unconsciously creating barriers in courses for learners with diverse needs, including students with disabilities. This presentation will highlight the main barriers in STEM content, and what faculty and instructors can do about them. This will lead to a conversation about what campuses need to start doing to ensure an equitable, usable learning environment with specific focus regarding STEM content. Lastly, an update will be provided regarding how Ally is planning to address this problem.

STEM Content and Electronic Braille

Ally European User Group, Jan 2019

A presentation introducing the basics of Braille and making STEM content accessible.

Build Your Own Content Remediation Model

Accessing Higher Ground 2018

Developing a game plan for content remediation is like “build-your-own-adventure”. Let us do exactly that! Participants interested in developing a content remediation model unique to their campus will be led through different components and situations to empower their campus-wide content remediation efforts.

Crucial Conversations for Getting to Yes and Getting Past No

Accessing Higher Ground 2017

A practical application of principles from Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny; Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton; and Getting Past No by William Ury. Technology professionals in higher education need to have both the technical know how but also the people skills to be heard. Based on three popular communications books, I will take the principles from these texts and share case studies of how these principles were helpful as we strive to increase accessibility across a higher education institution. These case studies will span a period of 6 months during a time of change. While probably one of the least technically-focused sessions at Accessing Higher Ground, this hour may be the most applicable to all attendees as we learn to communicate more effectively.

PDFs and Professors: What is Reasonable to Ask of Instructors

Accessing Higher Ground 2016

Instructors love PDFs. Disability service offices typically don’t, unless they are made accessible. Come learn how one institution has strived to improve PDF accessibility on campus.

Teaching You to Teach Others about STEM Accessibility

Accessing Higher Ground 2016

Give conference attendees a high level view of the main issues in PRINT STEM accessibility and be able to retain information and communicate that to their organization.

LaTeX and MathML – What Content Creators Need to Know

Accessing Higher Ground 2016

New to converting math content? Not sure what all the terms mean, let alone how to explain it to someone else? Krista will present what she’s learned in the last 3 years about what you need to know, what you do and what you need to explain to content creators, particularly faculty.

School of Social Work and Disability Resources: Working to Make Documents Distributed through LMS Accessible

Accessing Higher Ground 2015

It is becoming more common for faculty to distribute required readings in electronic format through Learning Management Systems. In the recent history, the UW’s School of Social Work and Disability Resources for Students have partnered together to provide more files that are “accessible-born” to all students in the class.

20,000 pages and Counting: Improving Accessibility of Files Delivered by LMS (Learning Management Systems)

Accessing Higher Ground 2014

Many faculty distribute text materials via Learning Management Systems. In Winter 2014, the UW had access to 26 LMS sites. Combined, these courses had 20,000+ pages of content! Come learn how one large public university is addressing the challenge of providing accessible content via online courses.