Procurement and EdTech Tool Selection with a Focus on Accessibility

Concurrent Session 9
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Brief Abstract

Part of the OLC and WCET year-long focus on accessibility. Will the software or hardware selected by your institution’s RFP meet accessibility requirements? How do you help faculty and student services personnel understand that the one-off selection of a piece of software needs to be usable by everyone? Panelists will share their different approaches in solving these issues in software and hardware selection processes, whether through RFP, other formal procurement processes, or individual decisions. Learn how to protect the institution, but, more importantly, how to make choices that best serve students and faculty.

Presenters

Mollie McGill directs programs and membership at WCET, a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to help its member colleges and universities accelerate the adoption of technology-enhanced teaching and learning. She spent 20 years with WICHE early in her career and was instrumental in founding WCET in 1988. McGill secured support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for WCET's role as Backbone organization to Every Learner Everywhere network. For 12 years she held a position at the University of Colorado System where she directed learning innovations and technology initiatives with CU’s campuses and served leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects. McGill is proud of her 30 years of service to WICHE.
Kelly Hermann is the Vice President of Accessibility Strategy for the University of Phoenix. She has oversight of the university’s accessibility initiative, including the evaluation and remediation of curricular resources, and disability services office. Prior to joining the University of Phoenix, Kelly was the director of disability services for SUNY Empire State College where she coordinated accommodations for students. She frequently presents at national conferences, such as the Online Learning Consortium, WCET and the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) regarding online learning and accessibility for students with disabilities. She also chairs the standing committee on online and distance education for AHEAD and was the chair of AHEAD’s standing committee on public policy from 2009 to 2013.

Additional Authors

Russ Poulin organizes the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies’ (WCET) national policy and research activities, edits WCET's Frontiers blog, coordinates WCET's research efforts, and works on elearning consortia issues. He represented the distance education community in the U.S. Department of Education's 2014 Program Integrity Negotiated Rulemaking process. Previously, he coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's from the University of Northern Colorado. Contacts: @RussPoulin or rpoulin@wiche.edu.

Extended Abstract

Part of the OLC and WCET year-long focus on accessibility. Will the software or hardware selected by your institution’s RFP meet accessibility requirements? How do you help faculty and student services personnel understand that the one-off selection of a piece of software needs to be usable by everyone? Panelists will share their different approaches in solving these issues in software and hardware selection processes, whether through RFP, other formal procurement processes, or individual decisions. Learn how to protect the institution, but, more importantly, how to make choices that best serve students and faculty.