Michigan State University
Friday November 22
  • Good UX: Stories of Flow, Empathy, and Atmosphere

    Presenter: Becca Meyer 

    Time: 10:15-11:00am 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Passive 
    • Room: 104AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    This session will primarily highlight how storytelling is integral to developing a positive user experience. I’ll also be discussing concepts of universal design in relation to the cognitive accessibility of physical spaces, providing research and examples of designing for flow, empathy, and atmosphere in a space. 

     
  • Down Syndrome and Music

    Presenter: Fletcher Robbins 

    Time: 10:15-11:00am 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Light 
    • Room: 105AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    This session will seek to discuss the importance of music for people with Down Syndrome. Having done a great deal of interacting with people who have down syndrome, music is a great creative release and facilitator of joy. This session will involve a short introductory anecdote on the effects of bringing musical education and its effects on a large group of people with down syndrome, followed by a large group discussion on potential problems and insights from the group of people on how to overcome these. 

     
  • Telling Stories with Data: Making Data Visualization Accessible

    Presenter: Amanda Tickner 

    Time: 10:15-11:00am 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Light 
    • Room: Big Ten BC 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    Data visualization is story telling with data. How do we make our stories accessible? Creating visualizations with accessibility in mind can improve data visualization and digital maps for everyone. This presentation will discuss ways in which data visualization and digital maps can be made more accessible by making specific design choices and digital tools that can assist in design. Data visualization and digital mapping will also be considered in the context of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 which provides standards for making web content accessible to people with disabilities. A short discussion and opportunity for sharing will follow the presentation. 

     
  • Re/visions of Dis/Abililty: Service Learning, Art, and Accessibility in Practice

    Presenter: Lisa Richman 

    Time: 11:15-12:00pm 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Passive 
    • Room: 105AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    Wood Lane is a county agency that has provided support and assistance to Wood County, Ohio residents with disabilities for over 50 years. Lynn Whitney (BGSU Photography Chair) and her students joined in partnership, from 2014-2019, with Wood Lane residents. The results include pictures conceived, taken, and/or selected by the photography student and their Wood Lane partner. As a case study of service learning, community art engagement, and accessibility, this presentation will provide a look into Whitney’s course as a service-learning collaboration that changed and grew with the needs and desires of the human community. 

     
  • Fun with Tables!

    Presenters: Grace Morris, Madeleine Ferguson 

    Time: 11:15-12:00pm 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Passive 
    • Room: 103AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    Come hear about the interesting (and frustrating) work of the MSU Libraries Digital Imaging Services (DIS) as they work with intricate, detailed, and often times nonsensical tables. These tables begin life as pages from analog items across various projects/subjects and after mediation, become a part of a maximally accessible PDF available online. Participants will learn tactics and tips to create screen reader user-friendly tables and gain a clearer understanding the pitfalls of working with born-analog materials. This presentation will cover the use of Abbyy FineReader Pro and Adobe Acrobat Pro. 

     
  • Why Student Accessibility Teams are Great! Volume 3

    Presenters: Nate Evans, Brooke Knapp 

    Time: 11:15-12:00pm 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Passive 
    • Room: 104AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    We are trying some new approaches this year and making new partnerships! Learn about our experience training and mentoring students on accessibility, usability, and learning design, and how it is helping improve course quality and provide practical professional development for our students. 

     
  • Value in Accessibility: Competitive Advantage Via Competitive Analysis

    Presenter: Darren Hood 

    Time: 11:15-12:00pm 

    Presentation Link: Dropbox PDF 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Passive 
    • Room: Big Ten BC 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    In preparing for entry into the business world, budding UX practitioners should become well-versed in speaking language and using terms of value to stakeholders. Anything that provides competitive advantage is of great interest and accessibility efforts help drive this benefit. One way to help identify paths to achieve competitive advantage is by conducting a competitive analysis. This talk will focus on how to perform a competitive analysis that focuses strictly upon accessibility. 

     
  • RCPD Student Plenary Panel

    Presenters: RCPD Students 

    Time: 1:00-2:00pm 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement:  
    • Room: Big Ten BC 
    • Type: Panel 
    This panel will be moderated by Jasmine Jordan, President of the MSU Council of Students with Disabilities. 

     
  • Accessible STEM

    Presenters: Stephen Blosser, Jessica Lemond 

    Time: 2:30-3:15pm 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Light 
    • Room: 104AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    Students with blindness can pursue careers in STEM. Our stories of success at Michigan State University will demonstrate how students with disabilities are pursuing studies in STEM and graduating with degrees in science and finding meaningful employment. In this session we will present resent advances in making STEM accessible. 

     
  • Experiences Conducting User Experience Research Session with Individuals with Disabilities

    Presenters: Sarah Swierenga, Jennifer Ismirle 

    Time: 2:30-3:15pm 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: High 
    • Room: 105AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    Want to get design feedback on your website or technology from individuals with disabilities? We will share our experiences and tips for conducting user experience research with individuals who have disabilities, e.g., usability evaluations, and facilitate a discussion on employing best practices for including diverse users in your website and mobile digital design projects. 

     
  • Using Data to Support Accessibility

    Presenter: John Felushko 

    Time: 2:30-3:15pm 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Light 
    • Room: 103AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    This session explores how data produced from IT monitoring tools can be used to support and improve accessibility initiatives on campus. 

     
  • A Nurse and an Educator Walk Into A...

    Presenters: Brooke Knapp, Gabrielle King 

    Time: 3:30-4:15pm 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Light 
    • Room: 105AB 
    • Type: Novella (30 min) 
    This is the completely true, factual story of two women and their journey through accessibility. Unprepared for the difficulties that awaited them, they abandoned their noble professions to dive into digital accessibility. They soon became faced with convincing administrators, educators, IT professionals, and staff that the future success of students lay in the hands of digital accessible content. On November 22nd, come listen to an educator and a nurse talk about how they harnessed their knowledge and careers to advocate for accessibility throughout higher education. Stay tuned to hear why they decided to risk it all and dive into new careers. 

     
  • Making Accessible Media for Persons with Disabilities

    Presenters: Lina Wu, Stephen Blosser 

    Time: 3:30-4:15pm 

    Presentation Link: Google Slides 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement:Passive 
    • Room: 103AB 
    • Type: Novel (45 min) 
    Access & success are two sides of the same coin when providing support to faculty and students with disabilities. In presentation, we will address issues in making course materials accessible for faculty and disabled students, and the solutions our center strives to provide. In addition, we will present how technologies offer opportunities to integrate disabled students into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. 

     
  • Capturing Storytellers: Microphone Best Practices

    Presenter: John Mcdaniel 

    Time: 3:30-4:15pm 

    Session Details 
    • Engagement: Light 
    • Room: 104AB 
    • Type: Novel (45 min) 
    Using microphones efficiently and effectively to capture a storyteller or narrative enhances the final product, and also the accuracy of the closed captions produced. Learn how to select and use microphones for your content creation projects, and how to fix things when a recording doesn’t come out quite right.

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