Karen Hogans, smiling, in front of brown background
Dr. Christopher Sargent, wearing glasses and goatee, wearing a suit, smiling, standing outside in front of a garden
Dr. James Martin, smiling, in front of a blue background

Breakout 1H

10:00 am - 10:50 am Central Time

Syllabus Management and Accessibility: Ensuring Compliance with Lake-Sumter State College and Concourse Syllabus

Presented by:

Karen Hogans - Dean of General Studies at Lake-Sumter State College

Dr. Christopher Sargent - Associate Dean of Workforce Development at Lake-Sumter State College

Dr. James Martin - eLearning Project Manager at Lake-Sumter State College

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Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) used to manually handle syllabus documentation and accessibility compliance through a small team, which resulted in a time-consuming process that still brought forth handfuls of inconsistencies. In 2020, LSSC began the search for a tool that would positively impact accessibility compliance within their syllabi. During and post Concourse implementation, LSSC discovered that the syllabus management system saved hours of manual labor, provided a sense of reliability as syllabi became consistent, and ensured documents would be accessible for all students, including those who used screen readers for their syllabi.

Karen Hogans earned her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Mathematics Education and has been an educator for 30 years. She began her career in the K-12 system before transitioning to the post-secondary setting, first serving as full-time math faculty then moving into an administrator position.  She currently serves as Lake-Sumter State College’s Dean of General Studies.  Karen has a passion for process improvement that includes automation to reduce the need to perform manual tasks while maintaining a focus on accessibility.

Dr. Christopher Sargent is the Associate Dean of Workforce Development at Lake-Sumter State College, acting Program Manager of the Computer and Business Administration programs, and teaches project management and information technology courses. He started his career at Middlebury College as a lab manager/helpdesk support technician. He later worked for the USDA in technical support, then at the University of Maryland as a network administrator and project manager. Dr. Sargent earned his doctorate in management of Community College Policy and Administration at the University of Maryland Global Campus, and he also holds an MS in Information Technology and an MBA.

Dr. James Martin is the eLearning Project Manager at Lake Sumter State College, where he also teaches undergraduate students across multiple modalities. Over the course of his career, James has served as an instructor, course designer and educational leader in secondary and postsecondary institutions. With a learner-centric philosophy, Dr. Martin remains focused on promoting collaboration among colleagues and providing faculty support to meet the diverse needs of students with innovative curriculum and technology integration.  Aside from his professional endeavors, James is an active explorer and amateur photographer, having visited over 50 countries to date.

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