Moving the Needle Forward: Course Design for Accessibility and Usability

This session will present an overview of the quality course design process implemented by St. Louis Community College for online courses. The session topics will include an overview of tools that are used in the course design process and faculty training to address accessibility and usability of course materials. Tools include the Quality Matters Rubric (6th edition), Blackboard Ally, and the Microsoft Accessibility Checker.


Linda Hubble

Learning Experience Consultant/Course Accessibility Specialist, Saint Louis Community College

Linda Hubble began her professional education career as an elementary special education teacher. Through observing one of her students exceed his individual education plan goals using technology, she decided to pursue a graduate degree in curriculum and instructional technology. She has worked as an instructional designer for most of her professional career and more recently has been assigned specific responsibilities related to accessible course materials in the online environment.

Her degree work includes a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Iowa State University and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Adult Reading and Learning from California State University – Fullerton. She has also taught for several years as an adjunct instructor for St. Louis Community College, including Children’s Literature, Technology for Teachers, and the Smart Start Student Success courses.

Karana Phillips

Learning Experience Consultant, Saint Louis Community College

Headshot of Karana Phillips

Karana Phillips, is a Learning Experience Consultant (LEC) at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, providing assistance to faculty through the (1) design and development of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses that are compliant and consistent with Quality Matters standards, (2) technology support for the learning management system, (3) research and testing of emerging instructional technologies, and (4) professional development opportunities for instructional technologies specific to the college or the faculty’s needs. Karana continues to serve the community college as a part-time faculty for Continuing Education by providing courses in application software and web development. Karana also facilitates instructions for Information Technology bachelor coursework at Missouri Baptist University as well as serving as their Learning Management Systems Administrator.

In addition to the LEC role, Karana is leading the district-wide project for establishing online academic support services by collaborating with all campus Academic Support Centers. Under this project, Karana continues to oversee a district-wide Online Writing Lab and Online Math Lab that serves all F2F and online students with more services to come. Karana has over 15 years of experience in higher education.

Karana holds a Master of Science in Information Systems, Information Technology from Walden University, a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Programmer Analyst from St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. Currently, Karana is enrolled at Northcentral University in their PhD in Technology and Innovation Management degree with a Data Science Specialization.