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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Thursday, October 17 • 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Does this need to be a PDF? Creating Accessible Documents

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I always like to ask, does this document need to be a PDF? We have become creators and users of Portable Document Format or PDF since their inception in the 1990s as a consistent way to share documents, including text formatting and inline images, in different platforms. All a person needed was the Adobe Reader plugin. Not everyone had access to MS Office and the free office suites did not fully port formatting between systems. Now, we have a more open web, everyone who needs it, can have free or purchased access to MS Office. The free office suites are much versatile and we can even get MacOS office programs for free. The time has come to adapt and be better, do better and create content that is universally accessible to everyone from the start. Besides, when we practice good practices, we also make better formatted content that is consistent and looks nice. You walk away with this presentation, checklists, strategies, and tutorial lessons that you can access anytime.

Learning Objectives
  • Review best practices guidelines for creating more accessible content
  • Explore MS Word and PowerPoint accessibility features
  • Look at PDFs and their usability in our world today
Link to presentation: tinyurl.com/nwelearn-access

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Ana Thompson

Learning & Access Designer, University of Washington, Bothell
Ana Thompson has worked in higher education for the last 19 years in IT, digital learning and instructional design. As a Learning & Access Designer, Ana enjoys working with faculty members, staff and students to streamline the use of technology tools as well as promote digital fluency... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm PDT
Cascade C Riverhouse on the Deschutes