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Wednesday, May 17
 

10:45am MDT

Voice and Handwriting Recognition in Complex Assessments
We are now on the brink of a new and exciting phase of evolution in EdTech. Innovative assistive technology with features including voice handwriting recognition tools are taking education to the next level. In so many aspects of educational materials, especially assessment, this feature is a breakthrough for those in need.  A set of innovative tools that resolves many challenges during complex testing and results evaluation will be presented on this session. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Vice President, Business Development, Competentum
Competentum is an organization that provides content and software development resources with subject matter expertise. The challenge most ed tech companies faced before working with Competentum was around having to explain basic subject matter details to developers. Since finding... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am MDT
Savoy Savoy

11:30am MDT

Accessibility Training, Remediation, and Tracking, Oh My!: A Case Study with Ally
In response to state and local policies, the Washington State Community and Technical College system is working to improve course content accessibility through a seven college pilot using Blackboard Ally. Designed to integrate with several LMS, Ally allows faculty to scan their courses for accessibility problems, recommend ways to make materials more accessible, and provide an institutional accessibility data. This presentation will discuss feedback from faculty, staff, and students and demonstrate how Ally is helping WSCTC meet their accessibility goals.

Speakers
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Steve Gance

Policy Associate, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
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Nicolaas Matthijs

Product Director, Blackboard
Nicolaas Matthijs is an entrepreneur and product creator with over 10 years of experience in Educational Technology. Nicolaas has worked at several leading R1 institutions such as Cambridge University, UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech, where he developed Learning Management Systems, Academic... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm MDT
Savoy Savoy

1:00pm MDT

How Technology Standards Keep Standardized Testing from Becoming an Oxymoron
A number of states have experienced widespread online testing outages in the middle of their annual, high-stakes assessments. What do failing online assessments mean to students sitting in front of tests they need to pass in order to graduate from high school? What do failing online assessments mean to the teachers whose evaluations are tied to students' test scores? This presentation explains how technology standards, including APIP, help keep standardized testing from becoming an oxymoron.

Speakers
avatar for James Dale Cornelius

James Dale Cornelius

Program Manager Online Assessment, Maryland Department of Education
Dale Cornelius is the chair of IMS Global’s State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network.  Previously, as chair of the PARCC Assessment Technology Group, he helped develop the first large-scale assessment designed to be delivered 100% online and accessible to all students... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
Savoy Savoy

1:45pm MDT

A Deep Dive into EPUB 3.1 and Accessibility
Industry leaders, including publishers and content providers, have been searching for a gold standard for delivering universally accessible content. In this session, representatives from VitalSource, a major publisher, and Tech for All will present the EPUB 3.1 standard and discuss its advantages over other vehicles for content delivery. The presentation will include a live demonstration of the creation of a compliant EPUB 3.1 e-text delivered accessibly on multiple desktop and mobile platforms. This is the first of three related sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

VP of Product Strategy, VitalSource
Rick Johnson is the Vice President of Product Strategy, and one of the founders of Vital Source Technologies, Inc.  Vital Source, a division of the Ingram Content Group, is the maker of Bookshelf®, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:45pm - 2:15pm MDT
Savoy Savoy

2:35pm MDT

Impact of the EPUB Standard on Accessible Course Materials
In this second of a three-part session, join us for a deeper look at how institutions, suppliers, consortiums, and publishers are working together to move forward with born accessible, advocate for buying accessible, and lowering the bar for finding accessible course materials and content. We start with an open discussion on how the newly released EPUB 3.1 specification is changing the landscape to help ensure conformance and transparency for accessible content. The session will then examine how institutions are working to change their campus adoption and procurement culture to raise awareness for accessible content, as well as identify what is needed to prepare key support services, such as DSS offices, to work with EPUB formatted course content.

Moderators
avatar for Markus Gylling

Markus Gylling

IMS Global, Solutions Architect

Speakers
avatar for George  Kerscher

George Kerscher

Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
avatar for Christian Vinten-Johansen

Christian Vinten-Johansen

Manager, IT Accessibility Team; Co-chair Accessible Technology and Information Initiative, Pennsylvania State University


Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:35pm - 3:05pm MDT
Savoy Savoy

3:20pm MDT

Accessible Content and Publishers: I'm on the Right Track, Baby I Was Born this Way!
In the last session of three session we look at accessible course content, which falls into one of three descriptions: born accessible, buy accessible, and finding accessible. These may seem straightforward, but they are interconnected ideas that together guide assurances that content is accessible for all. This conversation focuses on publishers coming together with suppliers and institutions for an open dialog about what born, buy and finding accessible means and to define what is needed by each member of this community to get and stay on the track towards fully inclusive publishing.

Moderators
avatar for Markus Gylling

Markus Gylling

IMS Global, Solutions Architect

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Comerford

Rachel Comerford

Senior Director of Content Standards, Macmillan Learning
As the Director of Content Standards at Macmillan Learning, Rachel helps to implement and maintain industry and internal standards in content, platforms, and processes. Her work includes establishing internal accessibility, metadata, and EPUB implementation guides that align with... Read More →
avatar for Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

VP of Product Strategy, VitalSource
Rick Johnson is the Vice President of Product Strategy, and one of the founders of Vital Source Technologies, Inc.  Vital Source, a division of the Ingram Content Group, is the maker of Bookshelf®, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world... Read More →
avatar for George  Kerscher

George Kerscher

Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
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Jonathan Thurston

Head of Accessibility Product Management, Pearson
avatar for Christian Vinten-Johansen

Christian Vinten-Johansen

Manager, IT Accessibility Team; Co-chair Accessible Technology and Information Initiative, Pennsylvania State University


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:20pm - 3:50pm MDT
Savoy Savoy
 
Thursday, May 18
 

8:30am MDT

Using a Project- and Competency-Based Model to Improve Accessibility
College for America (CfA) increases accessibility to higher education through its online, project- and competency-based model developed for underserved working adult populations. CfA programs substantially reduce time and cost barriers by allowing students to move through programs at their own pace and receive timely and personalized feedback. Competencies are the foundation of the model, and participants in this session will practice drafting competency statements that can be used to inform curriculum and assessment.

Speakers
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Heidi Wilkes

Chief Academic Officer, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
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Alexandra Woodford

Senior Curriculum and Assessment Developer, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am MDT
Savoy Savoy

9:15am MDT

ADA Compliance in Course Design Today and Tomorrow
In 2015, ADA compliance came to the forefront when the National Association for the Deaf sued Harvard and MIT for noncompliance. Section 508 standards are currently under revision. These two facts combined mean that providers of online education should be cognizant of the law and its requirements and develop a proactive plan to address them. This presentation reviews the history and and examines the future of ADA compliance and what it means for online education.

Speakers
avatar for Martin LaGrow

Martin LaGrow

Senior Academic Consultant, Ellucian
I'm an academic consultant specializing in ADA compliance, OER implementation, digital badges, and competency based education.


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:15am - 9:45am MDT
Savoy Savoy

10:00am MDT

Accessibility & e-Assessment: A Holistic Approach
During the rapid adoption of e-Assessment platforms across the education landscape, many students are left behind by non-accessible offerings. McGraw-Hill Education's next generation assessment platform is building accessibility into the platform from the ground up. We are thrilled to share our work into a redesigned and accessible assessment experience, supported by agile software development and innovative methods of testing and validating changes with our users.

Speakers
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Sam Elhag

CPO, McGraw-Hill Education
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Alex Farivar

VP, Product, McGraw-Hill Education
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Ben Harounian

Software Engineering Manager, McGraw-Hill Education


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am MDT
Savoy Savoy