Checking in, 2018 edition

New year, new update!

Since my last post, I completed my master’s program and am now the proud holder of an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in assistive technology from George Mason University!

I chose Mason because, in addition to boasting the second oldest AT program in the nation and the higher-ed leading Assistive Technology Initiative, they offered me the opportunity to learn online, allowing me to earn my degree while continuing my work at UA. When I started the program, I hoped to learn things I could apply to my work in libraries while preparing to move into a role more focused on accessibility and/or assistive technology when the right opportunity came along—and came along it did!

I am thrilled to share that I have joined The University of Alabama’s Office of Information Technology Emerging Technology and Accessibility team, helping to ensure that technology users, including those with disabilities, have a functional and accessible technology experience with the university’s web presence and instructional and emerging technologies. I am delighted to be collaborating with faculty and other instructors in the development of accessible instructional materials and universally designed curricula and working with friends and colleagues to make UA a more inclusive and accessible place.

Due to the change in the nature of my work, I’ve removed the Publications and Presentations pages from this site; however, presentation files and related resources are still available via individual posts. For more regular updates, you can follow me on Twitter.

Checking in

A new year calls for a quick update! Since I last posted:

  • I became a graduate student in George Mason University‘s College of Education and Human Development. I am pursuing a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Assistive Technology. In the fall, I took Introduction to Assistive Technology, Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments, and Software and Mobile Applications for Individuals with Disabilities; this semester, I’m enrolled in Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology Assessment, and Universal Design for Learning. Being a full-time student while working full-time is incredibly challenging, but I’m thrilled that Mason’s well-regarded AT program is offered 100% online, allowing me to earn my degree while continuing my work at UA.
  • My first book chapter was published! I was thrilled to contribute “LibGuides: Creating Accessible User Experiences” to Integrating LibGuides into Library Websites.
  • I joined the expert panels for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition and the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition. The NMC Horizon Project “charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry,” and I’ve greatly enjoyed contributing to two publications so valuable to my work and the work of my colleagues.
  • Speaking of the Horizon Report, I’m looking forward to presenting on the 2017 Library Edition at the ACRL 2017 Conference. Melissa Mallon (Vanderbilt), Rachel Thompson (UA), and I will present a panel session examining, through the lens of accessibility, the important developments in technology presented in the report: how they are expected to transform teaching and learning and their potential to enhance and diminish accessibility and learning for students with disabilities.
  • Last, but certainly not least, I have moved to the Libraries’ Gorgas Information Services department. While we’re still working out the details, for now, I’m continuing to offer instructional support for academic technologies while taking on some additional reference and instruction responsibilities. GIS is familiar territory, as I previously worked as a Research & Instructional Services Librarian in the department.

That’s all for now! For more regular updates, you can follow me on Twitter.