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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Heather Mariger

Chemeketa Community College
Digital Accessibility Advocate
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 Manager for Utah State University Food Services.

While working on her Master’s at Kansas State she became intrigued by the possibilities that the Internet promised for higher education – especially for those who did not have the option to attend school as “traditional” students. These interests led her to Utah State and a Doctorate in Instructional Technology. As part of graduate assistantship at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, she became involved with the National Center for Distance Access to Education (NCDAE) and Project GOALS, a series of federally funded grants to promote digital accessibility in higher education - and she has never looked back! With GOALS, Heather helped to develop and evaluate a large body of materials designed to help institutions of higher education plan for, and disseminate, system-wide digital accessibility. She also worked extensively with the regional accreditation and the reaffirmation process, leading the work on the creation of a Blueprint to assist accreditors in evaluating web accessibility efforts during the accreditation cycle. She now serves as the Digital Accessibility Advocate for Chemeketa Community College, helping faculty to promote best practices in course design, accessibility and usability. Her goal (and obsession) is to ensure that all students have equal and inclusive access to education.