Virtual Accessing Higher Ground 2019

Ahead Virtual Conference 2018

All sessions to be held in the Illini Union

  • Wednesday, November 20th, room 403 and room 314B, 
    AFTERNOON SESSIONS AT DRES
  • Thursday, November 21th, room 403 and room 406,
    AFTERNOON SESSIONS AT DRES
  • Friday, November 22th, room 403 and room 404

A complete agenda for the virtual conference can be found at: https://accessinghigherground.org/virtual/#Virtual_Agenda

Track A

Wednesday, November 20th
Illini Union Room 403

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m: Accessibility and Universal Design for Online Courses – making the practice practicable, and a bit less scary
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: Overview of the Microsoft Immersive Reading Tools in Office 365
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Creating Accessible Comics and Graphic Novels

** ROOM CHANGE ** 84 DRES (BASEMENT)

  • 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.: Authoring Documents with Accessibility in Mind
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: The Publisher Sent Me An ePub! Now What?

Thursday, November 21st
Illini Union Room 403

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Commonly Seen Accessibility Errors
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: Using the Microsoft Accessibility Checkers to Optimize Document Accessibility

** ROOM CHANGE ** 84 DRES (BASEMENT)

  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: The Great PDF Purge
  • 4:15 – 5:05 p.m.: The Blueprint for Student Success: Accessibility Support for Faculty and the Workflow to Make It Happen

Due to room reservation times, these sessions will be made available when the archive is sent to us:

  • 5:20 – 6:20 p.m.: The Velvet Hammer: Accessible Procurement Buy-In and Pushback at Cal State San Bernardino
  • 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.: Keynote Talk: Dr. Wanda L. Diaz: "Human Centered Astronomy"

Friday, November 22nd
Illini Union Room 403

  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: Building an Accessible Online Course: Best Practices & Principles
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Bookshare, AccessText and Alternate Media Centers: Sources to Obtain Alternative Formats
  • 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.: How To Empower Professors To Support Students With Disabilities
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Writing Effective Alternative Text for Educational Content: Best Practices for Reducing Cognitive Load

Track B

Wednesday, November 20th
Illini Union Room 314B

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:15a.m: Introduction to Accessible PDF Documents
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Navigating the Venn Diagram of Video Accessibility Laws

** ROOM CHANGE ** 83 DRES (BASEMENT)

  • 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.: "This Isn't Why I Became An Instructor!"
    (*we will be logging in at 3:35 p.m.)
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Toward Universal Design in Online Learning: The Interface Between Technology and Pedagogy

Thursday, November 21st
Illini Union Room 406

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Getting Past 'Yes', to Genuine Action: Using the Dark Arts for Purposes of Good
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: EPUB Reading Systems for Students with Learning Disabilities

** ROOM CHANGE ** 83 DRES (BASEMENT)

  • 3:00 – 5:05 p.m.: Able Player 4.0: A free, open source accessible media player

Due to room reservation times, these sessions will be made available when the archive is sent to us: 

  • 5:20 – 6:20 p.m.: Intro to Audio Description
  • 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.: Keynote Talk: Dr. Wanda L. Diaz: "Human Centered Astronomy"

Friday, November 22nd
Illini Union Room 404

  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: EPUB Face Off – Publishers Getting it Right or Wrong
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Hey, Siri — Are We There Yet? The State of ASR & Synthesized Speech for Captioning & Description
  • 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.: Different Role, Same Goal: Creating a Culture That Embraces Accessibility
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment in 3 Steps