Advisory Meeting Recap

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The Instructional Technology Advisory Group met yesterday, May 23rd, for a wonderful day of networking, discussion, and information sharing for the topics included in the infographic: task force work updates; course assessment; accessibility for learning environments, operating systems, software, and tools; resource integration with affordable education focus; and fostering community and collaboration.

For those that are interested in reviewing information from the day, look for a listserv email to come your way shortly with a recording and the days’ resources.


Register for the Spring In-Person Instructional Technology Advisory Meeting: May 23rd

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The Instructional Technology Steering Committee would like to extend an invitation for you to save-the-date and register for the Spring Instructional Technology Advisory Meeting to be held in-person on Thursday, May 23rd.


WHAT: Instructional Technology Advisory Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, May 23rd
WHERE: Indiana Wesleyan University, North Indianapolis Campus; 3777 Priority Way South Dr.

  • Mileage Reimbursement Available –
  • Coffee & coffee cake breakfast as well as your selected lunch provided
  • A Zoom option for remote attendance will be available, but in-person attendance is encouraged due to limitations of online engagement

The preliminary program can be found at this link:

We’d love to have you join us for a great day of networking and discussion.

For questions or comments, email Rebecca Johnson at 

Recordings Available for Recent Library 2.019 Instructional Design Conference

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On March 13th, Noah Brubaker, PALNI’s Associate Director and Rebecca Johnson, Manchester University’s Virtual Instruction & Emerging Tech Librarian had the privilege of presenting PALNI’s Instructional Technology work for the global Library 2.019: Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design virtual conference.

Recordings for all sessions and keynotes can be found at this link:
NOTE: free site registration required for access.

If you’ve been interested in learning more about our instructional technology initiatives, or would like to get involved, our session titled Collaborating Deeply: Librarian and Instructional Technology Partnerships gives an overview of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past year, and our work moving forward in 2019.

Happy Listening!

Educause Review Resource: Digital Accessibility Law & Regulation

PALNI’s Instructional Technology groups have begun work in new topic areas, one being accessibility. A recent report will prove to be beneficial to this work. Details are below:

In 2018, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) were released as the first revision of WCAG since 2.0 in December of 2008.  Educause’s Policy Office provided an overview of what occured in 2018 in the areas of accessibility law and regulation.

Quoting key takeaways from Educause Review’s Policy Spotlight:

  • The US Department of Justice (DOJ) essentially reconfirmed its intention to avoid issuing digital accessibility regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • DOJ’s unwillingness to set regulatory standards for digital accessibility has not changed its long-standing position, however, that the ADA covers digital accessibility.
  • In the absence of regulatory standards, various federal courts are responding to digital accessibility lawsuits in different and sometimes contradictory ways. They also continue to leave key questions unanswered – questions that one might expect regulations to cover.
  • DOJ’s counterpart for accessibility compliance in the education space, the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), struggled with compliance complaints against institutions related to the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which establishes accessibility requirements for any educational institution receiving federal funds.
  • The lack of both regulatory standards and a clear legal consensus in some areas continues to hamper compliance, but relative consistency on some points provides helpful markers.

Additional recommendations for next steps are offered within the linked documents.

Registration closes 3/11 for PALSave’s Open Textbook Network Workshop on Monday, March 18, 2019!

Registration closes in two weeks for PALSave’s Open Textbook Network Workshop on Monday, March 18, 2019!

Whether you are starting to get interested in OER or you already have a team in place, this workshop will help your institution take the next step in affordable learning. Campus OER advocates and teams can use this an opportunity to ask questions of Open Textbook Network leadership and address barriers.

If you came in November, feel free to attend again! Your discussion will shape the content of the workshop, and you can also tell us what you hope to learn on the registration form.

See the invite below (which may be extended to your campus partners such administrators, instructional designers, bookstore managers, centers for teaching an learning, etc.).

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You’re Invited: PALSave’s Open Textbook Network Workshop, 3/18/19

flyer with workshop detailsOn behalf of the PALSave Team for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), you are invited to attend PALSave’s Open Textbook Network Workshop. This PALSave Team assists twenty-four member libraries by providing ongoing support for the PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program. PALSave is our initiative to improve student success and retention by supporting the use of course materials that are free to students.

PALNI campuses are affiliate members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) through this initiative, and this workshop with OTN’s leadership will guide attendees to learn about developing successful Open Educational Resource (OER) programs on your campus.

The workshop is Monday, March 18, 2019 at Indiana Wesleyan University North Campus.
Register here.

Please review the image invite and feel free to email for more information about the workshop or our program. We hope you can join!

Attend: Instructional Technology 2018 Task Force Work Webinar

Join PALNI’s Instructional Technology Advisory Group members for a webinar showcasing our completed 2018 Task Force work. Resources will be shared for your institution to modify and reuse from the following groups:

  • Instructional Tech Tools Task Force
  • Online Course Assessment Task Force
  • Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation Task Force

Please join us if you’re available:

What: Instructional Technology 2018 Task Force Show & Tell Webinar
When: Wednesday, January 16th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Virtually connect with Zoom. Connection information can be found in the PALNI Community

For questions or PALNI Community access, feel free to contact Rebecca Johnson at

OLC Accelerate Conference: Notes to Share

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Recently, select members of PALNI institutions virtually attended the OLC Accelerate Conference. Notes from attended sessions have been compiled and are ready to be shared. We hope you find the notes to be useful, and the Instructional Technology Steering Committee will be reviewing key takeaways to determine if additional action items should be documented for our work.

For those interested in participating in the future, look for information next year to register to virtually attend.

View session notes by following this document link.

Professional Development Opportunity: OLC Accelerate Conference [Virtual Attendance]

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The PALNI Instructional Technology Steering Group will again coordinate virtual attendance opportunities for the OLC Accelerate conference. The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) offers this Accelerate conference for those interested in driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, librarians, instructional designers, information technologists, administrators, and online learning professionals. A sampling of program topics this year include:

  • Best practices in online learning, student engagement, and online pedagogy
  • Accessibility compliance
  • Instructional design and design thinking
  • Tech tool integration
    …and more

Here are the details needed to participate:

  • WHO: Through the group registration, PALNI is able to provide one registration per campus. This includes librarians, instructional designers, information technologists, and/or anyone else with interest. A few additional or any unused registrations will be offered to steering or task force participants in addition to the one registration available per institution.
  • WHEN: Registration requests should be made by November 2nd and multiple registrations for a single institution will be on a first-come basis. The conference begins Wednesday, November 14 (1:00pm start) – Friday, November 16 (12:30pm end).

Additional Details:

  • REGISTRATION: Those interested should register at THIS LINK to receive official attendance and connection information.
  • POST-CONFERENCE: Those who attend should be present at a post-conference webinar (date TBD). Our hope is to be able to provide key takeaways that our task forces can be including and addressing in their work.

Please help us spread the word about this FREE, but valuable opportunity. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rebecca Johnson [] or Noah Brubaker [].

PALSave Workshop: REGISTER Now!

Registration is now open for the in-person PALSave workshop with expert representatives from the Open Textbook Network. This event will be held Monday, November 5th, from 9am – 4pm at Indiana Wesleyan University North Indianapolis Campus.

Those who should plan to attend include the primary PALSave contacts, as well as librarians, instructional designers, faculty OER champions, library directors, or campus administrators who will be working with the PALSave Admin Team to move PALNI Affordable Learning forward.

Our speakers will cover:

  • Developing successful programs on your campus
  • Strategies for addressing common challenges
  • Tools and resources
  • Faculty workshop preview and logistics

We hope you can join us. Register today!

Registration Link: