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Wednesday, April 22 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Concurrent Session - At Last, the Secrets to Creating an Accessible Computer Lab are Revealed

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Do you work with student lab spaces? What is your key motivation in building these spaces? Our motivation is that student lab spaces should be inclusive to better serve our diverse student population. What does that entail? How can accessibility be a catalyst for changing lab spaces? Over the past few years, the University of Washington Bothell’s only open computer lab (The Open Learning Lab) has been converted from a space of tables and computers into a flexible and accessible space.  

This presentation will explore the methods we used to assess lab usage, determine student needs, lab funding and grant design, and an overview of cost-effective equipment options to make lab spaces more accessible. 

Learning Goals
  • Improve lab accessibility through cost effective upgrades 
  • Analyze student struggles when it comes to using university equipment
  • Create interdepartmental approaches to expand lab spaces on a limited budget
  • Build questionnaires and surveys to determine lab needs

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Salem Levesque

Digital Learning Specialist, University of Washington, Bothell
Salem Levesque joined the UWB-IT team in 2012 to develop digital media pedagogy and learning technologies support at the University of Washington Bothell. Over his tenure, he has become affiliate faculty in the Nursing and Health Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and a... Read More →
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Ana Thompson

Learning & Access Designer, University of Washington, Bothell
Ana Thompson has worked in higher education for the last 19 years in IT, digital learning and instructional design. As a Learning & Access Designer, Ana enjoys working with faculty members, staff and students to streamline the use of technology tools as well as promote digital fluency... Read More →

Wednesday April 22, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am PDT
Empire Ballroom