One Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty member is paving the way to put updated, free course materials into the hands of students by authoring Penn State’s first openly licensed Pressbooks digital textbook.
Members of the Penn State community are invited to attend a free live stream of the Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference Nov. 16-18 at Pattee and Paterno Library, University Park.
Instructors are advised that the links used in the recommended Accessibility Syllabus Statement have been updated to reflect the reorganized content from the Student Disability Resources (formerly the Office for Disability Services) web pages.
This past summer, Penn State Fayette was one of six campuses chosen to pilot the Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) program, which gave students the opportunity to start college a semester early to improve their English and math skills while they earned extra money for other expenses.
Beginning in January, the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), with approval from the Office of Undergraduate Education, will provide a single Recommended Academic Plan (RAP) template to assist units across Penn State in meeting the University’s AD-69 Web accessibility mandate.
Penn State's Office of Physical Plant has announced that the schedule for renovations to the Nittany Lion Shrine, which will result in restricted access to the statue and the surrounding area, has been modified to accommodate the University's ROTC commissioning and the Law School commencement ceremonies.
According to the newly modified plan, OPP will perform preparatory work in April that will require the shrine to be closed April 15-19. The shrine will then re-open for access from April 20 through May 12. The full scope of the renovations will begin May 13, and the shrine will be closed to visitors. The area will remain closed throughout the summer until the Aug. 5 commencement.
Penn State University Libraries will be collaborating with Minneapolis-based software company Siteimprove on the beta release of a new software module for identifying and correcting website accessibility issues based on WCAG 2.0 AA standards.
Since August 2011, Penn State's Libraries have used Siteimprove's SiteCheck service to quality check their websites for spelling mistakes, broken links, and lighter accessibility issues, following the current Section 508 recommendations. Siteimprove will collaborate with Penn State prior to releasing their next generation of the Siteimprove accessibility module, a cloud-based service that follows the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines and introduces an intelligent workflow to effectively identify and remedy website accessibility issues.
Emily Steffensmeier refused to ask for help. After years of dealing with chronic Lyme disease and dysautonomia (a general term used to describe a breakdown or failure of the autonomic nervous system), the State College woman was scared she would be a burden. For 10 years she stayed away from most community events because of her challenges with mobility. But after a decade of avoiding asking for help to attend performances, she decided she needed to change the direction of her life and called the Center for the Performing Arts.