Breakout Session VII

Breakout Session VII
Friday 1200-1255

VDI and NJVID: The Solution to Universal Design for Students with Accessibilities

The College of Staten Island is leveraging a VDI environment to provide access to accessibility software in order to facilitate a Universal Design environment. As part of this initiative, close captioned video tutorials are being created and stored in NJVID as a resource for faculty and students. This presentation will speak to the VDI initiative, challenges associated with creating tutorials that are accessible for all audiences, strategies utilized for an effective implementation, and participant survey results and VDI statistics demonstrating the success of the initiative.

Patricia Kahn
City University of New York, Staten Island

Mark Lewental
City University of New York, Staten Island

Linda John
City University of New York, Staten Island

Patricia Kahn, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President for Technology Systems at the College of Staten Island. Dr. Kahn has over 15 years’ experience in higher education technology services and 10 years’ experience working in training and technology for the private sector.

Prior to coming to CSI, Dr. Kahn held the position of Executive Director of Information Technology Services at Brookdale Community College. While at Brookdale, she served as a member of the IT Executive Council for the College, oversaw the implementation of major technological advancements as well as directed activities relevant to budget planning and policy development.

Dr. Kahn also has extensive experience in academic technology and distance learning.  During her nine-year tenure at Montclair State University, Dr. Kahn held various Information Technology administrative positions where she led the successful implementation of distance learning initiatives, managed the Blackboard Learning Management System, and directed a team of Instructional Designers.

Dr. Kahn received her BS and MBA from Manhattan College, and her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University, with a concentration in Instructional Design and Online Learning.

Mark Lewental is currently the Director of Library and Media Technologies at the College of Staten Island (CSI). He has held that position since 1998. Mr. Lewental has been with the College since 1987 and with City University of New York (CUNY) since 1981. He holds a BS degree in Communications from CSI. His interests are in technology, copyright and their intersection.

Linda John is the Director of Academic Computing for the Office of Technology Systems at the College of Staten Island. Linda began her career at CSI over 15 years ago, and is responsible for hardware and software for student computers and public access stations, as well as multimedia classrooms on campus. Linda has led various technology initiatives during her tenure at CSI including Virtual Desktop Initiatives (VDI), classroom redesign, and most recently video repository solutions. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Linda received her BS from St. John’s University and her MS from the College of Staten Island, both in Computer Science.