Pivot to online accessibility and accommodation


Presented at 4:00pm in Virtual C on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.



  • Dan Saylor, University of Phoenix

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Interactive/Discussion
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Transitioning from ground education to online can be gradual or sudden. The current COVID-19 emergency has forced many institutions to pivot to online learning very quickly. University of Phoenix has pivoted to virtual class meetings. We’d like to share our experience with you to help you pivot to an expanded online presence.


Many people assume the University of Phoenix only offers online courses, but we have several campuses that offer in person instruction and we had to pivot those to virtual class meetings. The transformation can be challenging but UOPX has successfully switched. UOPX has adapted to changes in LMS and textbook formats. We’ve helped our disabled students transition from campus accommodations to online accommodations. We’ve promoted the need for proactive, accessible course design. We have encountered the need for alternate assignments and formats when user experience didn’t go according to plan, and navigated differences in course instruction and multimedia. We’ve had an increased number of online learning tools and vendor relationships. Our presentation will cover all of those experiences and we’ll try to find common ground with other institutions.


  1. Understanding the differences between ground and online environments
  2. Impact on students’ disability accommodations
  3. Need for proactive course design

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Captioning/Transcription, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Dan Saylor

Dan Saylor, Manager of Curriculum Accessibility at University of Phoenix. 13 years of experience in education, 12 of those in disability services and accessibility.