Innovative Teaching and Learning Symposium
April 21, 2017 | UH Main Campus
2016 Keynote Speaker: JoAnna Hunt
Accessibility Manager at Blackboard
JoAnna Hunt is a design thinker, a storyteller, and an avid rock climber. She is a problem solver focused on creating and enabling truly inclusive experiences in both the physical and digital worlds. JoAnna has been working in the design, education, and accessibility fields for over 10 years and has created digital teaching and learning experiences, changed policies, implemented inclusive development practices, and influenced culture in large organizations.
In her role as Accessibility Manager for Blackboard Inc. she is focused on setting and driving forward the company's vision around accessibility with the goal of providing tools and services that meet the needs of users with all abilities. She is responsible for the accessibility of all of Blackboard's products and services as well as for establishing global collaborative communities around the accessibility of educational software. Working with key stakeholders for both the business and the technology she helps to ensure universal access and the prioritization of features that directly benefit people with disabilities.
She is a member of industry accessibility groups working together to share knowledge and best practices and further the mainstreaming of accessible development practices across many industries. Through her work in accessibility and education, and her background in interaction and information design JoAnna has become an influential change maker focused on delivering on the promise technology offers to those with a variety of physical and cognitive abilities.
The Innovative Teaching and Learning Symposium, a joint venture for all four UH campuses (UH-Main; UH-Downtown; UH-Clear Lake; UH-Victoria), is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of emerging technologies. We are interested in interactive sessions for workshops, discovery sessions, information sessions, and hands-on demonstrations that engage and inform participants.