Accessing Higher Ground Conference (Accessible Media, Web & Technology)

Westminster, Colorado
November 6-8, 2013

Sunrise in Westminster, Colorado. Photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr.

Sunrise in Westminster, Colorado. Photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr.

The theme of this year’s Assessing Higher Ground conference was Integrating University Design Content into University Curriculum. In addition to two plenary lunches, there were many excellent workshops presented related to accessibility as well as exhibitor tables and presentations of different products. The opportunity to meet and network with individuals from other universities was also valuable and informative.

Tackling Today’s Web-Based Learning Technologies: Issues, Challenges and Solutions

Speakers: Stephanie Robbins & Zara Zirkle, George Mason University

Three accessibility challenges were presented along with their outcomes. Some challenges included:

  • Reactive implementation of accessibility (not providing accessibility until the a student with a disability attends)
  • Inaccessible material for on-line courses
  • Lack of incorporation of accessibility requirement when making purchases

Remote CART and VRI: What We Learned On the Road to Success

Speakers: Dean Brusnighan and David Schwarte, Assistive Technology Specialists, Purdue University

The presenters shared their journey from unsuccessful to successful implementation of Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) or Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for students who are hard of hearing/deaf.

Since we have a student at NMSU interested in remote CART, this presentation seemed timely.

Some key points were:

  • A quality wireless microphone will save trouble in the long run.
  • An IPad should be considered instead of a laptop – it is just as effective, less expensive, it reduces set up time and the students like that they blend in with other students.

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