Inclusive Practice: Integrate Technology in Higher Education Communication


Presented at 11:45am in Colorado G-H on Friday, November 18, 2022.



  • Lori Mickle, Instructional Technology Specialist, Iowa State University
  • Jamie Niman, Assistant Director, Iowa State University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Interactive/Discussion
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: General Conference


Learning happens in many different forums in higher education. The ability of a student to access information and participate fully may be limited by perceptual, environmental, language and cultural barriers including those associated with a disability. This presentation focuses on how to integrate readily available campus technology and integrated features (video conferencing, learning management systems, Microsoft learning tools) in all communication settings to enable inclusive participation.


Communication and learning occur in many settings and spaces on a higher education campus, but a student’s ability to participate, comprehend, and interact fully may be severely impacted by perceptual, environmental, language and cultural barriers. Administration, faculty, and staff can integrate readily available campus technology features and solutions into all areas of student interaction to promote access and inclusion for all learners. Specifically, utilizing video conferencing platforms, AI, and learning tools into presentations, meetings, tutoring, and coaching sessions, etc. provides students with enhanced access to the speaker, content, and each other whether they join the meeting on location or virtually. Join us as we explore accessibility options with Microsoft Learning Tools (immersive reader, caption and translation AI, math assistant, shared note-taking, and executive function coaching strategies) along with techniques using your available campus technology (video conferencing, learning management system, document creation tools, OER, etc).


  1. Utilizing technology effectively can enhance inclusivity in higher education communication.
  2. Every institution of higher education should have readily available technology that you might use to enhance c
  3. Planning for and integrating accessible technology into presentations and meetings provides inclusive access a

Disability Areas

All Areas, Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Psychological, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Captioning/Transcription, Faculty Development & Support, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Universal Design for Learning

Speaker Bio(s)

Lori Mickle

Lori Mickle (she/her) is an instructional technology specialist for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Iowa State University. She has spent the past nine years working to improving access for students with disabilities in the classroom and beyond. She leads CELT’s Universal Design initiatives to engage faculty in dialogue around creating inclusive learning experiences for students and partners with the campus stakeholders to identify and address barriers to access.

Jamie Niman