March 13-15, 2019

Belhaven University

ACCESSibility: Opening Awareness, Opening Opportunities, Opening Connections

Our theme this year addresses a critical issue for practitioners and administrators in online Christian education. Accessibility is not simply about how we access education but our missional calling, our philosophical approach, and our willingness to meet students where they are. There are a number of ways that learners can accomplish learning goals but in many cases, those options are limited and capabilities can be challenging. Our name, ACCESS, suggests that we support the process of learning across multiple platforms, venues, and entry points.

Some Christian institutions are currently facing litigation for non-compliance in online and residential course content, materials, and websites. These institutions are required to show proof-of-progress, be fully compliant in a few short years, and ultimately make new content fully accessible. These and many other issues related to accessibility are important to the field of Christian online education.

ACCESS 2019 will provide insight into issues of accessibility with assistive technologies, student support, and course design, to name a few.

Please review the following conference track information as a recommendation for your submission. Following are the requested submission guidelines.

Track 1: Technology   |    Track 2: Facilitation    |   Track 3: Administrative

Track 1 – Technology: Proposals submitted for this track should address technical aspects of accessibility through LMS/CMS, Information/Instructional Technology, digital literacy, and other innovative technologies.

Track 2 – Facilitation: Proposals submitted for this track should address issues related to teaching aspects of accessibility through pedagogy, course design, collaborative learning, and creative uses of teaching in the online classroom.

Track 3 – Administrative: Proposals submitted for this track should address issues related to the leadership aspects of accessible teaching and learning related to issues such as recruitment, ADA compliance, student services, and legal standards.

Review the requirements for presenters:

Submission Checklist

  • Title of Presentation
  • Presentation abstract of 10-25 words for inclusion in the program
  • Proposed conference track
  • Target audience (novice, intermediate, expert – faculty, staff, administration or multiple audiences)
  • Media Needs – please note the need for a computer, projector, internet access, etc.
  • Brief bio (15-30 words) of the presenter(s)

Selection Criteria

  • All information required by the Submission Checklist is provided.
  • Relevance to the conference theme and conference tracks and meets the criteria of contributing to research, theory and/or practice.
  • Presenter Qualifications: Evidence of presenter experience with the topic being presented as demonstrated in the presenter bio.
  • Presentations with tangible outcomes and practical applications for the audience will be given special priority.

Please submit proposals in a timely fashion to Dr. Mary Lowe (