Interacting and engaging with students using accessible apps from EmTechWIKI

General lecture


According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2015 about “11 percent of the Higher Education students in the United States have some kind of disability." Ensuring that the materials we use to interact and engage with our students are accessible is critical.

This session introduces participants to a checklist to evaluate the accessibility and privacy/security of emerging technologies. This checklist complements the EmTechWIKI crowdsourced collection of emerging technology tools, tutorials, and resources. The WIKI is a component of the SUNY Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC). #EmTechMOOC is a Coursera-based Massive Open Online Course that guides participants to apply the appropriate use of emerging technologies to their professional and personal lives. Together, these components provide an innovative discovery-based online learning opportunity that aims to assist students, faculty, and others from across the globe to build lifelong learning strategies and identify the value and implications of using emerging technologies for personal and professional growth.

We will also brainstorm ways that the WordPress community can assist the critical need to clearly identify and label which emerging technologies are fully accessible and which need to be used with consideration. WordPress and a custom-built theme and plugins drive the search and WIKI functionality.

Session topics



  • Roberta (Robin) Sullivan

    Teaching & Learning Strategist, University at Buffalo

    I am a connector of people and ideas and collaboration is my favorite word. This is true in life and learning. As a Teaching and Learning Strategist with Education Services with the University Libraries at the University at Buffalo, I conduct research regarding innovative digital pedagogy to assist students, faculty,...

  • Cherie van Putten

    Instructional Designer, Center for Learning and Teaching, Binghamton University

    Cherie van Putten is an instructional designer for the Center for Learning and Teaching at Binghamton University. She facilitates workshops for faculty and serves as a resource for faculty who want to pursue online and hybrid courses. Her areas of interest include faculty development, creating learning communities, nontraditional learners, and...