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1:30-2:45pm Presentations (Monday)

LD Model Explained for Directors/Coordinators   

Krystle Taylor           

Pike 3

Purpose: To inform current Directors/Coordinators about basics of LDESM model and how to support LD Specialists and Trainees at their campus

Objective: Help Directors/Coordinators understand current LD model to support faculty and students

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the session, Directors/Coordinators will be able to identify components of the LD model and understand how to support LD Specialists and Trainees

Audience: Directors/Coordinators

Apps, IPhone and Ipads OH MY!    

Cassandra Foster     

Pike 2

Purpose: To educate and inform. Objective: To demonstrate how we can use our everyday technology to help facilitate our departments and help our students in ways that might not have been thought of. Target Audience: Deaf Services, Student Services, Mentors, Admin.

Supporting students in math, a response to AB 705       

Kari Crawford


I will demonstrate some curriculum that I’ve developed through CAPED and other professional development opportunities designed to support students in choosing, preparing and being successful in math courses.  Topics will include: growth mindset, value of mistakes,  speed, math anxiety/trauma & resources.  Specific math strategies are not offered specific to subject i.e. algebra, intermediate algebra, or content, i.e. adding fractions, etc., but general awareness of math preparation will be discussed and hands-on activities will be shared.

Accessibility as a Shared Institutional Responsibility

Daniel Kaufman


The Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Committee (TTAC) formed the Accessibility Standard Working Group (ASWG) in 2017 to develop and support the implementation of an Accessibility Standard for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO). In June, 2018, Chancellor Oakley adopted and disseminated the Information and Communication Technology and Instructional Material Accessibility Standard. With the Standard adopted and published, the ASWG has begun developing guidance for districts and colleges to adopt the standard, including FAQs, a maturity model to provide guidance on implementing Section 508 across an institution, and a series of detailed training modules for different groups across the system. This session will provide attendees an overview of the Standard, an introduction to the maturity model, and explore how to use the training modules to meet your college’s institutional accessibility obligations.

DSPS Solutions Year 4 in Review and Emerging Hot Topics from the Field     

Jill Jansen     

Broadlind 1

The purpose of the session, conducted by DSPS Solutions, is: present our year in review as contractors to the CCCCO/DSPS present “hot topics” and “emerging trends” that we have found to be the

predominant issues in our technical assistance to the field over the past year solicit input from the field as what our focus should be in the coming year review our goals discuss future considerations 

 We will have a Q & A for the last half of the time period in order to answer any issues that pertain to issues that have arisen regarding funding, resources,  trends, etc.

3D printing tactile models for all students

Jonathan Gorges     

Broadlind 2

College of the Desert has been using 3D printers in the Disabled Students Programs and Services Department for 3 years creating tactile 3D objects for students to use in the classroom. Originally, we created tactile graphics for the blind and visually impaired on paper. We came across some issues when students were taking geology courses. The faculty was frustrated with the limitations of paper tactile graphics and wanted something in 3D. This experience led us to explore how to use 3D printers to create cost effective models for the students to use.

We asked a student what math concept was difficult to understand. His response was the Unit Circle; his math tutor also did graphic design and created a unit circle with Braille labels 3D model. The model was uploaded to several 3D Databases, allowing everybody to make their own.

Students found the technology fascinating and we formed a student club. Which has expanded to over 150 members. The club purchased an entry-level printer and started to make things. One student was struggling in Biology with the anatomy of the heart. She designed her own model with the instructor vetting the model for accuracy.

Faculty have been using the 3D printer to create learning models from all disciplines.

Anthropology has been 3D printing bones, skulls, ancient tools. These replicas allow the student to experience and exam the models in ways they could not before and sometimes at a great cost savings. Astronomy has taken images taken with our 1-meter telescope and 3D printed the image for all to experience. Automotive has created models of engines, transmissions and gearing most recently an air filter adapter for a 1967 Chevelle. Architecture has been 3D printing building types. Agriculture can print cases for technology to monitor environmental conditions. Those are just the departments starting with A. 

We also have had the privilege to work with a group of people creating guidelines on best practice of 3D printing for the blind and visually impaired. We gathered a sampling of around 100 models from different disciplines and reviewed them one by one. Gathering student feedback about how the model worked or did not work. The big picture of this project is to create an educational database, which has accurate vetted models by experts in their field. Then find volunteers to 3D print and deliver these educational models to school who cannot afford to across the world. A platform already exists of 3D printing volunteers at enabling the future non-profit. They 3D print hands for kids who have lost use of their hands. The project expanded to a challenge called envisioning the future, a 3D design challenge for the blind and visually impaired. This challenge brought new creative inventions and models. Our team won 1st place with a Rubric’s cube with colored braille. This model demonstrated universal design as since the braille was 3D printed with color-coded braille it could be used with or without sight. Although solving the cube is another thing all together. 

The college is currently in a process of creating a makerspace to enable students access to the technology and resource needed to fuel innovation.

AB705 Overview and the Impact Roundtable


Disabled Student(s) Program and Services (DSPS) Success in CTE programs

Jeffrey Holmes


This is part of a study that Dr. Holmes is conducting to highlight the great work of the 114 DSPS programs in California Community Colleges, as the colleges must optimize how students with disabilities are assisted and served. The colleges are faced with a new legislation that affects funding, curriculum, student equity and student success. This workshop is interactive with participants providing their stories of student success, and the facilitator will provide examples of best practices and insights to how poverty cycles are broken by credentialing students with disabilities, and preparing them for work through California community college Career Education and Instructional programs.