Congratulations Karla Kmetz-Morris

I wanted to share some exciting news about Karla Kmetz-Morris, lead instructional designer here at USFSP. She received a call last week asking her to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, which also serves as the State Advisory Committee for the Assistive Technology Act.

In this role she will collaborate with other board members and key stakeholders across the state and nationally on issues surrounding funding, awareness, training, programs, device loans, and advocacy for assistive technology and services.

This is amazing news for USFSP and I know Karla is happy to represent USFSP with this important work. As you can see, we have a really impressive team in OLITS! We are very honored and proud of Karla for how she represents USFSP, the Nelson Poynter Library and OLITS!

Karla was also elected as Chair of the Webinar Committee for the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association. She is working closely with a few other instructional designers in the QM network to develop and facilitate a webinar series that provides professional development opportunities to instructional designers in the areas of design research, strategies, QM implementation, etc.

Congratulations Karla!


Pearson My Labs: Accessibility Tips and Updates

George Mason University recently offered and has archived a webinar about recent accessibility updates from Pearson Higher Education North America.

Topics include:

  • Discussion on the accessibility of MyMathLab, MyITLab, and MyWritingLab, all with live demonstrations.
  • Broader information sharing for other MyLabs
  • Introduction of accessible HTML eBooks across several disciplines
  • Explanation of various workarounds that can be provided
  • What should be coming in 2014

View the archived webinar using the link on the right hand side of GMU’s Assistive Technology Initiative Website.

Accommodations: Extended Time on Tests in Canvas

One of the most common accommodations that students with disabilities need is extended time on quizzes and exams. Providing this accommodation in Canvas is relatively simple and does not require you to alter the testing time for all students.

Follow this process to implement this accommodation in your course:

1. Click “Quizzes” on the left course menu

2. Click on the name of the exam/quiz you want to update for this student

3. Click “Moderate This Quiz” on the right side of the screen

moderate quiz button

4. Click the checkbox next to the student’s name on the list that appears

5. A button will appear that says “Change Extensions for 1 selected students”, click that (it may appear at the bottom of your list of students)

6. In menu that pops up, type the extra amount of time that student should get in addition to your currently allotted time in the box labeled “Extra Time on Every Attempt.”

For example, if your exam is timed for 90 minutes, and the student’s accommodation allows for double time, you would type “90” in that box.

7. Click Save


Repeat this process for all timed exams and quizzes within the course.

USFSP – Students Access to Canvas for Spring/Summer

Guest posting from Glen Parker…

I was asked the preferred way to direct students to Canvas for those courses being taught in Canvas during the Spring/Summer.

I recommend multiple paths.

  1. The easiest would be to give your students a direct link to Canvas: .
  2. There will be a link in myUSF to Canvas
  3. For those familiar with Blackboard, a link in the Bb course reminding them to go to Canvas would be helpful.   Our official recommendation will be to :- Make sure the Announcements page is the entry page for your Bb course

    – Create a single announcement telling student about canvas and provide a link to Canvas.

    – Disable other menu items so there is less visual clutter in the Bb course to distract from the redirection

Websites Accessibility

Campus Technology is a higher education technology magazine that provides updated information about advanced networking for the campus enterprise. In the November issue they talk about website accessibility and how universities are missing the mark. Take a look:

Making university websites and course content accessible may be the law, but many institutions have a long way to go toward compliance. CT looks at three key elements of a more proactive approach to accessibility on campus.

Accessing Higher Ground Conference, Streaming Live at Nelson Poynter Library, November 14 – 16

Please join Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services at Nelson Poynter Library for the Accessing Higher Ground Annual Conference live virtual track November 14-16.

The Accessing Higher Ground Conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university setting. Topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, accessible distance learning, and the creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.

The following sessions will be streamed live. These sessions are open to all interested Faculty and Staff. Sessions will be real-time captioned.

To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Karla Kmetz at or 727-873-4474 with a list of sessions you will be attending.



Time Wednesday, Nov. 14 Room #
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Building an Accessibility Initiative: A Case Study from The University of Oklahoma, Rob Carr, The University of Oklahoma CCE-IT Digital Accessibility Center  POY 231
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Google Apps Accessibility, Greg Kraus, NC State University  POY 231
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Options for Accessible Distance Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Michelle Swaney, pepnet 2  POY 218
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Keynote Talk: Derek Featherstone  POY 218
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. IT Accessibility Policies and Practices in Higher Education: Research Findings, Terrill Thompson, University of Washington  POY 218
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. User Testing with People with Disabilities , Kathy Wahlbin, Interactive Accessibility  POY 218
Time Thursday, Nov. 15 Room #
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. iAccessibility – iPhones & iPads: Mobile Freedom for All, Paul Adam, Deque Systems, Inc.  POY 218
1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Video Captioning: Lessons Learned from a DIY Approach, Marla Roll, Colorado State University  POY 218
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Quick Start to Captioning, Tole Khesin, 3Play Media  POY 218
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Practical Strategies for Meeting Accessibility Laws in Higher Education, Ken Nakata, HiSoftware  POY 218
Time Friday, Nov. 16 Room #
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Media Accessibility: International Guidelines and the Development of Descriptive Video Standards, Robert Pearson, Accessible Media Inc (AMI)  POY 218
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. You Don’t Know Me, But I’m Here to Help – the Trials and Tribulations of Integrating an AT Position into Campus, Van Credle, Catholic University of America  POY 218
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. How to Use Automated Solutions to Improve Accessibility of College and U.Websites and SharePoint Workspaces, Ken Nakata, HiSoftware  POY 231
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Accessibility with WordPress, Joseph Dolson, Accessible Web Design  POY 231

Accommodations: Extended Time on Tests in Blackboard

One of the most common accommodations that students with disabilities need is extended time on quizzes and exams. Providing this accommodation in Blackboard is relatively simple and does not require you to alter the testing time for all students. The directions are available in this USF System Blackboard Exam Accommodations Guide (PDF).