Schedule 2016

Schedule at a Glance

December 2, 2016 | MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

8:30am – 9:00am | Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am | Welcome Address

9:40am – 10:40am | Breakout Sessions

10:50am – 11:50pm |Breakout Sessions

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch

1:10pm – 2:10pm | Breakout Sessions

2:10pm – 2:30pm | Coffee Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm | Keynote Address

3:30pm – 5:00pm | Test Kitchen

 

Breakout Session Breakdown

*Materials provided by presenters are linked in the presentation title.


8:30am – 9:00am | Registration & Breakfast

Lincoln Room

Registration will be in the lobby outside of the Lincoln Room. You’ll be able to pick up your name badge, welcome materials, and a free copy of A Web for Everyone written by this year’s keynote speaker, Sarah Horton. A complimentary breakfast will be provided in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Hotel & Conference center. Breakfast will include bagels, muffins, danishes, fresh fruit, berries, coffee, tea, and juice. This break is supported by our generous partners.


 

9:00am – 9:30am | Welcome Address

Lincoln Room

Chris Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University
Kate Sonka, Academic Specialist in Educational Technology at MSU

Join us for some opening remarks and reflections by the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Chris Long, and the conference organizer, Kate Sonka.


 

9:40am – 10:40am | Breakout Sessions

Lincoln Room

Designing Accessible PDFs

LaTonya Motley, Instructional Technology Designer at Wayne State University

In this session, participants will learn how to check for accessibility failures in a PDF and make corrections to create a more accessible PDF document.

 

Room 103AB

Fundamental Web Accessibility: Techniques Are Not ‘Equal’

James White, Web Developer at Michigan State University

Simple website rules allowing most disabled “full participation” without tacked-on techniques will be presented. Think inclusive first, “equalizing techniques” a distant (expensive and unproductive) second.

Universal Design for Learning & Accessible Learning Experience Design

Phil Deaton, Web Accessibility Specialist and Instructor at Michigan State University
Gabrielle King, Student and Universal Design Intern at Michigan State University

This presentation will explore UDL and discuss how it can be incorporated into the classroom to improve student experiences and what those student experiences can be like.

 

Riverside Room

GNI for Accessibility

James Bender, Learning Designer at Michigan State University

In this this presentation we will review key touch points for creation of engaging experiences, and why this is important in the today inclusive learning environment.

 

Conference Room 61

An Independent Study on Accessibility

Ryan Schroeder, Student at Michigan State University

An interactive presentation on both the current and future state of Learning Management Systems in higher education.

 

Conference Room 62

Why student accessibility teams are great!

Nate Evans, Manager of Digital Content & Accessibility at Michigan State University
Phil Deaton, Web Accessibility Specialist and Instructor at Michigan State University
Heidi Schroeder, Accessibility Coordinator at Michigan State University Libraries
Josephine Foguth, Student Accessibility Intern at MSU Libraries

Training student interns on accessibility, usability, and evaluation best practices has helped to improve course quality and provide practical professional development for our student employees.


 

10:50am – 11:50am | Breakout Sessions

Lincoln Room

Not Just About the Screen Readers: An Introduction to Compatibility Testing

Jane Berliss-Vincent, Assistive Technology Manager at University of Michigan

The session will discuss ways to determine if websites are accessible and equitable for assistive technology users with low vision or dexterity disabilities.

 

Room 103AB

Making Accessible Powerpoint Presentations

Natalie Orcutt, Student and Digital Accessibility Intern at Michigan State University
Chris Frey, Student and Digital Accessibility Intern at Michigan State University
Aaron Ngo, Student and Digital Accessibility Intern at Michigan State University
Jojo Otchere,and Digital Accessibility Intern Student at Michigan State University
Phil Deaton, Web Accessibility Specialist and Instructor at Michigan State University

This presentation covers how to make PowerPoints accessible and features accessibility consultants that work on courses in three different Colleges and for the Digital Content & Accessibility Team.

Development in Online Course Accessibility

Sam Jaska, Student at Michigan State University
Olivia Ramos, Student at Michigan State University

This session will detail the methods MSU’s LEADR employees have used to improve the accessibility of online courses in the Department of History.

 

Riverside Room

Agile Accessibility Reviews: Using Prioritization

Shell Little, Student and Web Accessibility Specialist at Michigan State University

This session will discuss a new evaluation and consulting methodology the Digital Content & Accessibility Team at MSU created in order to determine accessibility of technology.

 

Conference Room 61

Learn To Listen: Experience the Web from the Perspective of a Screen Reader User

Al Puzzuoli, Information Technologist at RCPD at Michigan State University

Live the web as a screen reader user. Experience the satisfaction of navigating sites that are accessible, and the frustrations of those that are not.

 

Conference Room 62

Accessibility begins by Acknowledging our Biases: Revealing and Subverting the Neurotypical Bias in First Year Composition Classrooms

Sam Harvey, PhD Student, Iowa State University

This presentation reveals how neurotypical and non-disabled biases in academia set up an environment of inaccessibility and what are some ways of subverting this bias.

Closing the feedback loop: Using student evaluation forms to discover accessibility issues

Stephen Thomas, Digital Curriculum Coordinator at the MSU College of Natural Science

This presentation discusses the results of a pilot study examining the use of course evaluations by students to uncover accessibility issues in course curriculum.


 

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch

Boxed lunches will be provided for those who indicated they would like a meal ticket to Brody on their registration form. If you are unsure which lunch option you chose, please contact Kate Sonka (ksonka@msu.edu).

Attendees are invited to join a Birds of a Feather (BOF) discussion in any of our reserved breakout rooms. BOF conversations are meant to be a very informal way to network with attendees who share common interests. Not all rooms will have a facilitator, so attendess are encouraged to explore topics as they prefer.

Lincoln: Instructional Technology Brown Bag Lunch: “Moving from Accessibility to Universal Design for Learning:  A Paradigm Shift from Fear to Hope

This presentation/discussion explores a faculty community’s attempt to create and distribute an effective tool for developing accessible curriculum; will a UDL framework help them succeed.

Stephen Thomas, College of Natural Science
Casey Henley, MSU Neuroscience Program
Cathleen McGreal, College of Social Science
Jan Bukovac Phelps, College of Communication Arts & Sciences
Emilia Marcyk, MSU Library

103AB: Accessibility research opportunities
Riverside: Assistive technology
Conference 61: Open discussions and collaboration space
Conference 62: Open discussions and collaboration space


 

1:10pm – 2:10pm | Breakout Sessions

Lincoln Room

Mobile Accessibility Inspection and Best Practices

James Jackson, EIT Accessibility Coordinator at Michigan State University

Learn the ins and outs of mobile accessibility evaluation and best practices for common mobile accessibility problems.

 

Room 103AB

Applied Advocacy: How to Approach Accessibility

Phil Deaton, Web Accessibility Specialist and Instructor at Michigan State University
Brooke Knapp, Student and Digital Accessibility Intern at Michigan State University
Jake Gattuso, Student at Michigan State University

This presentation will discuss different perspectives on accessibility and how to effectively transition principles from disability advocacy into implementing organizational change.

Standardized Testing with Disabilities: Accessibility in Learning

Emily Cervone, Student and CAL Educational Technology Staff at MSU

Aims to discuss current accommodations for those with learning and cognitive disabilities in regards to standardized testing, and what can be improved on .

Introduction to Accessibility in Virtual Reality

Tommy Truong, Student and Learning Experience Designer at Michigan State University
Eric Martin, Student Developer at CAL Innovations Team at Michigan State University

An overview of how accessibility standards in video games and computer hardware can be combined to design more accessible virtual reality educational content.

 

Riverside Room

Making Accessible Course Materials and How Students Use Them

Stephen Blosser, Assistive Technology Specialist at RCPD at Michigan State University
Angela Sebald, Blindness/Visual Impairment, Media Access Specialist at MSU RCPD

How students with disabilities at MSU use accessible electronic text, pictures, mathematics, tactile 2-D and 3-D graphical images, tactile maps, Braille, Nemeth code, mathML, and talking objects.

 

Conference Room 61

Introduction to LibreOffice, an Accessible Office Suite

Brandon Werner, Screen Reader specialist at University of Michigan

This presentation will demonstrate the use of a screen reader with LibreOffice, an advanced office suite that is under rapid development and becoming more accessible.

 

Conference Room 62

The proof is in the practice: A call for outcome-focused research on the strategies adopted for meeting accessibility standards

Madeline R. Shellgren, Student at Michigan State University

This presentation will demonstrate the need for outcome-focused research related to accessibility and allow participants the space to design said research and crowd-share their ideas.


 

2:10pm -2:30pm | Coffee Break

Lincoln Room

Thanks to our partners at the Michigan State University Office of Institutional Equity,  we are able to provide refills for your coffee mugs during the afternoon break before the keynote address. Coffee and tea can be found in the lobby outside of the Lincoln Room. Take this opportunity to network with other attendees and prepare for a fantastic talk from keynote speaker Sarah Horton.


 

2:30pm -3:30pm | Keynote Address

Lincoln Room

Sarah Horton, User Experience Strategy Lead at the The Paciello Group (TPG)

In this session we will look at common challenges faced by organizations in providing accessible online learning. We will explore how we can best use our accessibility assets, and untapped resources and opportunities, to move accessibility forward within our organizations, with the goal of improving online learning for everyone.

View the full presentation description on the ‘Keynote Speaker Page‘.


 

3:30pm -5:00pm | Test Kitchen and Poster Session

During our last session of the day, you are invited to walk around all three of our breakout rooms in the basement of the Kellogg Center. A poster session will be taking place in the Riverside Room while 15 minute demos will take place several times throughout the hour and a half session in conference rooms 61 and 62. Attendees are invited to explore all three breakout rooms and then convene in the Riverside Room at 4:50 for a raffle drawing of great prizes from Facebook, Google, Adobe, and more!

 

Riverside Room – Poster Session

MS Word, Accessibility, and Syllabi

Dustin DeFelice, Assistant Professor and MAFLT Director at Michigan State University

Make your syllabus accessible this semester. View this poster for tips on working with documents, screen readers and accessibility checkers in MS Word.

How Text To Voice Brought Sanity to my Article Reading Saturations

Dave Goodrich, Instructional Designer at  Michigan State University

“Do you ever feel like there is just too much to read because of the internet these days? If you are like me, you have added far more content into your reading queue than you could ever reasonably consume. Sometimes it can be discouraging and painful to the pixel weary eyes. Enter two mobile applications: Pocket & VoiceDream to help you keep sane and organized with articles you can read later or have read to you on-the-go. “

Creating Medical Online Mini-Lectures with Web Accessibility in Mind

Geraud Plantegenest, Manager Blended Curricular Learning Resources at MSU
Maureen Schaefer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at MSU

Accessibility was proactively considered prior to creating our recorded lecture series. A written script made captioning easy and color choice for annotations was carefully considered.

Using manipulative models to overcome barriers associated with learning in apperceptive visual agnosia

Teresa McElhinny, Assistant Professor in Integrative Biology at Michigan State University
Katharine Bruce, Student at Michigan State University

A case study using commonly available craft items to negotiate the dimensional processing difficulties associated with a categorical loss of visual stimuli.

Condensing WCAG

Ryan Schroeder, Student at Michigan State University

A poster summarizing a semester long independent study project aimed at condensing the often confusing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

 

Conference Room 61 – Test Kitchen

Tower Guard Training Demo

Angela Sebald, Blindness/Visual Impairment, Media Access Specialist at MSU RCPD

Abstract coming soon.

Empathy Through VR: A Journey Through Dementia

Tommy Truong, Student and Learning Experience Designer at Michigan State University
Eric Martin, Student Developer at CAL Innovations Team at Michigan State University

Abstract coming soon.

 

Conference Room 62 – Test Kitchen

Screen Reader Demo

Michael Hudson, Director of RCPD at Michigan State University
Al Puzzuoli, Information Technologist at RCPD at Michigan State University

Abstract coming soon.

Chef Battle: Android vs. iOS

James Jackson, EIT Accessibility Coordinator at Michigan State University
Dave Goodrich, Instructional Designer at  Michigan State University

Come participate in on-the-fly demos of accessibility features found in native Android and IOS phone operating systems that any and all can take advantage of. Who will be the winner? You decide.

 

MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) Room 93

Accessible Mobile Voting Usability Evaluation Demo

Sarah Swierenga, Director, UARC
Jennifer Ismirle, UX Researcher, UARC
Ian O’Bara, UX Intern/GA, UARC
Hannah Klautke, Research Associate, UARC

See how we conduct usability evaluations with persons with disabilities in our UARC lab, e.g., setting up mobile and desktop configurations and running sessions. Network with colleagues from the conference in our reception area, too