Case Study: SensusAccess LTI at Columbia College – improving accessibility to instructional material

Handouts Media

Presented at 9:15am in Westminster IV on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Lars Ballieu Christensen, Senior Advisor, SensusAccess
  • Tanja Stevns, Special Education teacher, Sensus Aps

Session Details

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


The presentation will highlight the findings of a case study at Columbia College, using the SensusAccess LTI plug in to Canvas to improve accessibility to course material and use real-life examples to illustrate how to support inclusion at a community college setting.


Providing faculty, staff and students with effective accessibility and alternate media conversion tools is critical. Direct access to such tools from within the learning management system (LMS) simplifies usage significantly. With the new SensusAccess LTI plug-ins to the major LMSs, students and teachers can improve accessibility to instructional material directly from within their LMS. The presentation will examine the reasoning behind the SensusAccess LTI and demonstrate how the tool can be used to convert instructional material into alternate, more accessible formats. Using data from a case study at Columbia College, the presentation will discuss how the SensusAccess LTI for Canvas is being used to improve accessibility and support inclusion at a community college.


  1. Participants will learn how SensusAccess can be used to improve accessibility and inclusion
  2. Practical matters when introducing accessibility inside the LMS - a case study at a community college
  3. Participants will gain knowledge about different alternate formats and how to produce them

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Lars Ballieu Christensen

Lars Ballieu Christensen (born 1963) works with technology and design for people with special needs. He advises government, organizations, academic institutions and companies on accessibility and inclusive design. Furthermore, he is the inventor of a range of innovative technologies that support inclusion and self-sufficiency amongst people with special needs, including the award-winning RoboBraille service. Lars holds master degrees in computer science and journalism, as well as a Ph.D. degree in computer science, all from the University of Roskilde, Denmark.

Tanja Stevns

Tanja Stevns (born 1967) works with education and technology to support inclusion of people with disabilities. With more than 25 years experience working at the Danish National Center for Blind and Partially Sighted Children and Youth, Tanja is a special education teacher and speech therapist, specializing in visual impairment and general learning disorders.