NWeLearn 2019 has ended
Welcome to NWeLearn 2019! We are excited about his annual event. Here is some housekeeping information to navigate the event:
  • The conference is hosted in the Convention Center, a separate building next to the Riverhouse Hotel. You can walk there from the hotel by taking one of the paths that go under MT Washington Drive or drive directly there.
  • The Convention Center has two levels. Meals and main sessions will be held in the lower level and the breakout sessions will be held in the main or 1st floor.
  • Restrooms are in the 1st Floor across from Cascadia B.
  • The Thursday night, Networking & Hors D’oeuvres, will be held right after the last Thursday breakout session in the main entrance space by the fireplace on the 1st floor.
Feel free to ask any questions, post your experiences in the Slack Community site, nwelearn.slack.com, and upload your pictures to the NWeLearn Conference 2019 Google Photos site.
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Friday, October 18 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Kicking the Tires: Chemeketa Faculty test drive an automated accessibility tool with live courses.

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Digital materials have become an essential part of the higher education experience. Online, hybrid and even face-to-face courses have a digital component. From the syllabus to assignments, most course content is digital and is distributed, stored and shared through an LMS or other online entity.

This increased digital presence means that it is critical to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities have equal and equitable access to learning materials. However, faculty are often not familiar with accessibility and do not have the necessary training to evaluate or create accessible materials.

Chemeketa recently conducted a pilot test of Blackboard Ally, an automated accessibility tool that checks digital content within an LMS for accessibility issues and provides instructor feedback to help faculty remediate their documents. Faculty volunteers were asked to use the tool with one of their Winter 2019 courses to determine if it could help them make their courses more inclusive and accessible for all. This presentation will:

*Discuss the importance of inclusion and accessibility for all
*Describe the Pilot Test process – from recruitment through analysis
*Provide insight on the testing process from both researcher and faculty perspectives
*Discuss our findings and how they will inform not only our decisions regarding tool adoption but also our strategies for training and faculty education

This session will be presented by Chemeketa Community College staff.
*Heather Mariger, Digital Accessibility Advocate
*Teresa Prange, Management Faculty

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Heather Mariger

Digital Accessibility Advocate, Chemeketa Community College
Heather has taken an unusual route to Chemeketa and advocacy. Her early career was in hospitality. Her resume includes positions as the Executive Chef for the American Consulate in St. Petersburg Russia; the Food and Beverage Director for a Washington DC based Hotel; and the Catering... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Cascade F Riverhouse on the Deschutes

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