Integrating Universal Design and Accessibility into a Distance Education Graduate Certificate Program

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 4:00pm in WB I on Thursday, November 16.

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Speaker(s)

  • Deb Castiglione, Universal Design & Instructional Technology Spec, University of Kentucky

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Due to the diversity of college campuses, growth in distance education, and legislative emphasis on accessibility in higher education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) was incorporated into the University of Kentucky Distance Education Graduate Certificate Program. During the session, the multiple ways UDL was integrated into the online curriculum and course design will be addressed.

Abstract

Increased diversity; growth in hybrid, flipped, and fully online education; and enhanced emphasis on legislation have led to a greater focus on the success and retention of all students. As a result, the need for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies to become a critical component of every distance learning/online academic program is exponential. The University of Kentucky has integrated UDL into its Distance Education Graduate Certificate Program curriculum and course design in efforts to address this need on both the pre-professional and professional level.

The session will begin with a brief history of distance learning. The importance of UDL in distance education and professional development will follow. How UDL has been incorporated into the distance education graduate/professional development curriculum will be discussed. Methods for integrating UDL online will be shared. Hope that helps. The session will begin with a brief history of distance learning. The importance of UDL in distance education and professional development will follow. How UDL has been incorporated into the distance education graduate/professional development curriculum will be discussed. Methods for integrating UDL online will be shared.

Keypoints

  1. Realize the importance of integrating UDL into graduate and professional development.
  2. Recognize the value of incorporating UDL into online curriculum.
  3. Identify ideas for incorporating UDL into your online curriculum to make it more inclusionary.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Deb Castiglione

Deb Castiglione is the Universal Design & Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Kentucky, where she earned a doctorate in distance learning. She brings skills, knowledge, and experience in instructional design/development, universal design, accessibility, and assistive technology. Deb has worked with children and adults with disabilities. She has developed and taught courses in instructional design, assistive technology, universal design, distance education: delivery, and instructional technology for the University of Kentucky, Gateway Community & Technical College, the University of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University.

Handout(s)

Integrating UDL into a DE Certificate - Castiglione - Final