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Digital Accessibility: Collaborating with Faculty for Accessible Online Course Delivery

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

This session is based on a lessons-learned model from the University of Maryland System institutions’ rapid transition to offering all courses as online instructional delivery for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 sessions due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The presentation provides examples of challenges faced in online course delivery and solutions to proactively improve course accessibility in the online environment. Participants will gain practical tips for best practices in digital accessibility that can be used with all LMS platforms and can be done with minimal training by faculty, staff, or individuals in IT support.


Susan Johnston


Instructional Designer/ Accessibility DIT- Academic Technology & Innovation, University of Maryland, College Park

Sue Johnston is an Instructional Designer in the Learning Technology and Design group, Division of InformationTechnology, at the University of Maryland. She focuses on accessibility and inclusive learning and provides consultations, workshops and trainings, and documentation for faculty and staff. She holds an M.S. in Learning Design and Technology and an M.A.T. focusing on special education.

Ana Palla-Kane

Senior IT Accessibility and UX Specialist Division of IT – Academic Technology and Innovation, University of Maryland, College Park

Ana Palla-Kane, Ph.D. is a Senior IT Accessibility and UX Specialist in the Division of Information Technology, and the chair of the President’s Commission on Disability Issues at the University of Maryland. She coordinates planning, evaluation and delivery of IT accessibility services and training. Ana teaches an online course on empowering individuals with disabilities, and she advocates for accessibility being part of campus culture and everyone’s responsibility.

Tawny McManus

Accessibility & Disability Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Tawny McManus is the Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility & Disability Services and Director of the Office of Student Disability Services in the Division of Academic Affairs at UMBC. She is a member of the University System of Maryland’s Accessible Technology & Information Workgroup, an executive board member of MD-AHEAD, former liaison to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, and serves on UMBC’s Academic Re-opening Planning Committee. She has worked in postsecondary education for 16 years.