Cindy Jennings Discusses Student Accessibility at International Conference

August 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Cindy Jennings has been tapped to make a presentation at the Online Learning Consortium’s OLC Accelerate Conference in November.

Jennings, director of learning technologies in the University’s Department of Information Technology and Data Services, will talk to the educators about approaching campus accessibility not from the traditional standpoint of satisfying legal requirements, but from the position that accessibility assurance should be integrated into the university’s culture.

Her presentation is titled “Words Matter: Moving from Accessibility Compliance to Assurance & Shared Responsibility for Inclusion.” Jennings is scheduled to speak to the group on Nov. 17 in Orlando, Florida.

According to an extended abstract of her presentation, “we’ll discuss our mutual desire to provide equivalent experience and support to all learners. Accessibility assurance moves into a more caring and empathetic frame where real progress in universal design for learning can become a routine part of how teaching and learning works rather than an add-on after the fact.”

The international conference is expected to draw more than 1,000 “eLearning” professionals, according to the conference web site.

“This is a big deal as they only accept a small number of submissions each year from the mounds of [submissions] they receive,” said Luke VanWingerden, interim vice chancellor for Information Technology and Data Services. “This is one of the ways we are sharing our story among the professional circles we are engaged in and have made many meaningful connections and relationships with other institutions.”