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Is AccessU in person this year? Or virtual?

Both! AccessU will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person offerings this year.

Our Deep Dives will be available virtually, except for Usability Testing with People with Disabilities, which will be in-person only at St. Edward's University.

All of the AccessU workshops will be available virtually. Most workshops will be asynchronous and available in our Learning Center. There will also be the option to attend scheduled Q and A virtual sessions with our presenters.

Our live sessions will be held in-person at St. Edwards and recorded for later viewing through the Learning Center for all attendees. These workshops will not have separate Q and A sessions, as virtual attendees will have the opportunity to participate live.

Our keynote presentations will also be virtual. We will be live broadcasting a different speakers each day!

We will also host virtual activities for fun and socialization!

What do you mean by "asynchronous?"

Our asynchronous workshops are pre-recorded and can be viewed at any time - the full content will be available in our Learning Center, so you may participate whenever it is convenient for you.

Please note that even though all of our asynchronous workshops will be recorded and available for later viewing, our Presenter Q and A sessions will be held at specific dates and times.

In short, you can watch the recordings on your own time and ask questions of the presenter during the scheduled live Q&A session listed in the Full Schedule.

How will the asynchronous sessions be different from other virtual workshops and activities?

Our Presenter Q and A sessions will be scheduled for particular days and times and will only be available to attendees at that time via an online platform.

Our Keynotes will be live broadcast at scheduled times throughout the conference. These presentations will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Our workshops held in-person at St. Edward's University will be broadcast live for virtual participants to attend. They will also be recorded and made available on the Learning Center for all conference attendees. There will be no separate virtual Q and A sessions for the live workshops.

What is the Learning Center?

The Learning Center is Knowbility's very own collection of online accessibility courses, hosted on Moodle. We are busy preparing this tool so it will be ready for all of our AccessU content, and can't wait to share it with you once it is ready.

AccessU is just the beginning! After the conference, we will continue posting new courses so you can keep your accessibility knowledge up to date.

Is there a chance the virtual portion will be cancelled if Austin is no longer under any COVID restrictions?

No. Regardless of Austin's COVID stage at the time of the conference, we will be hosting a hybrid event. The virtual components advertised will not be dropped.

What COVID precautions will be provided for the in-person attendees?

The safety of the AccessU attendees, presenters, and staff is our highest priority. We will be following guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, the city of Austin, and St. Edward's. As the conference approaches, check our COVID page for updates.

Regardless, we will be providing:

  • Hand sanitizing stations at every entrance

  • Outdoor social and networking events

  • Outdoor eating spaces

Where can I get accessible copies of the course materials? Or the general conference materials?

Knowbility is working with presenters to ensure materials will be available to attendees in a timely manner on the Learning Center. Knowbility will notify attendees via email when updated materials are available after the conference concludes.

Will meals be provided for in-person attendees?

Yes, Knowbility will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks as well as some food at the evening activities.