Lessons From The Pandemic: Accessible Technologies & Universal Design Strategies For The Future



  • Auston Stamm, Accessibility & Assistive Technology Coordinator, Saint Mary's College

Session Details

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


This presentation will explore different technologies and strategies learned from the pandemic and how to better reach a wide variety of students. Workflows will be demoed on how to leverage algorithmic captioning/transcription software. I will explore collective notetaking strategies and the importance of building an online tutorial database. I will conclude by examining how integrated LMS mobile reminders can help students remember to complete assignments.


This presentation will explore different technologies and strategies learned from the pandemic and how to better reach a wide variety of students. The transcription software Otter.ai and Zoom captioning can be leveraged to provide algorithmic captioning, transcripts, and recordings. I will provide a workflow example using Otter.ai and Cadet software. I will explore how collective notetaking can be implemented in a classroom environment, which can reduce the need to pay for peer notetakers. I will provide a case study example of leveraging YouTube to create a database of tutorial videos on different assistive technologies and student processes. I will conclude by exploring some research by Dr. Motz from Indiana University on how Boost IU can be implemented with the Canvas LMS to help students remember to complete important assignments. Boost IU generates mobile reminders that can support students with executive functioning difficulties. Motz, B., Mallon, M., & Quick, J. (2020). Automated Educative Nudges to Reduce Missed Assignments in College [Preprint]. EdArXiv. https://doi.org/10.35542/osf.io/u263b


  1. An understanding of how to implement a captioning workflow using Otter.ai and Cadet software
  2. The advantages of leveraging an online tutorial database for students with disabilities
  3. How mobile reminders for learning management systems can help students remember to complete assingments

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Captioning/Transcription, Institutional/Campus Change, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Auston Stamm

My name is Auston Stamm and I was born with mild cerebral palsy, which made fine motor skill tasks like writing and drawing difficult. I was bullied and struggled academically in public school. I was fortunate to have supportive parents who believed in my capabilities and advocated for me. I was able to go to Westmark School, which is a school designed to help children with learning disabilities. I was provided a computer and taught to type, which made writing enjoyable. I took film classes at Westmark and learned how to edit using Final Cut Pro. My teachers encouraged me to make videos for my classes instead of the standard poster board drawings. After high school, I attended Loyola Marymount where I earned my BA in Film Production. I worked at a post-production company where helped edit movie trailers and commercials. However, I didn’t feel like I was helping people, which led me to reevaluate my career. I had worked with an occupational therapist throughout my childhood to improve my coordination and strength. This experience inspired me to get my master’s degree in occupational therapy from USC, which I received in 2017. I have always had a special connection to technology and used accommodations from the disability office at each college I attended. I completed a fieldwork placement at Santa Monica College where I learned about the role of an assistive technology coordinator. I found that working with assistive technology and students was my dream job. I felt very fortunate to be hired by Saint Mary’s College of CA as their Accessibility and Assistive Technology Coordinator. During my time at Saint Mary's College, I have created a database of Kurzweil produced MP3s, which we can deliver to qualifying students. I have made tutorial videos on how to use our online database to sign up for tests and request accommodations. I created additional videos focused on teaching students how to use Kurzweil and SmartPens. I serve as the faculty advisor for DiverseAbilties our student-led club that provides a safe space for students with disabilities to socialize. I have organized several events to raise awareness about important issues related to disability. I have recently started a YouTube Channel called AccessAuston, which is dedicated to topics relating to accessibility, assistive technology, and disability rights.