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Breakout 1A

9:00 am - 9:50 am Central Time

Marisha Marks standing in front of greenery

Practical and Accessible Series: Building a Campus Accessibility Culture

Kyle Stephanie Kraus, wearing glasses and smiling

Presented by


Marisha Marks & Kyle Stephanie Kraus, Instructional Designers, Springfield Technical College

Session Description:


The Practical and Accessible workshop series at Springfield Technical Community College blends practical technology and administrative considerations for the Google suite of tools. We demonstrate accessibility strategies to help participants create inclusive, engaging, and user-friendly digital materials. Our audience has included members from all sides of campus like faculty, administrative staff, librarians, marketing and communication leaders, and advisors and student support professionals. In our presentation, we will describe how we developed the series, present content, and recruit participants to build a culture of accessibility on our campus. We will share resources to easily implement a similar initiative at your institution.

Speaker Bios:


Marisha Marks is an instructional designer at Springfield Technical Community College. She has been assisting faculty with online pedagogy and course design for over a decade, learning and teaching about promising practices with student success in mind. Her area of interest is in accessibility and Universal Design for Learning. Marisha looks for opportunities to remove student barriers to learning through faculty training, technology, and innovative teaching strategies.

Kyle Stephanie Kraus is an Instructional Designer and adjunct faculty at Springfield Technical Community College. Their career in higher education spans 23 years, navigating roles from student affairs and residence life to instructional design and technology training. In their current role, they help faculty develop courses, present workshops on technology use, and advocate for effective technology integration across all learning environments. At the heart of their teaching philosophy lies a commitment to promote the voices of others, foster self-directed learning, and nurture individual growth.

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