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Pushing the Boulder up the Hill: Gaining Traction for Accessibility Case by Case at a Small, Rural University Rapidly Expanding Online Offerings

| Proposal No: 901

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  • Linnea Barton, , University of Minnesota

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

What does accessibility look like on a campus with 1800 students and two half-time positions in Disability Services? I will discuss the resources we are using and our current initiative working to ensure universal design in new online courses as well as accessible online media.


Despite the clarity and urgency of federal law, implementing universal design on a small campus with limited resources is sometimes a long and slow process. The expansion of the online program at the University of Minnesota Crookston has presented an opportunity to raise awareness, increase receptiveness, and encourage the implementation of universal design in multimedia, instruction and course content. This session will cover the essential collaborations and resources used for promoting accessibility development across our campus, specific hurdles we face due to limited resources and current initiatives to encourage faculty and staff to embrace universal design principles (physical, instructional and technological) within their areas.


  1. Using campus collaborations to achieve universal design in physical spaces.
  2. Ways to promote accessible online media and information technology at a laptop university.
  3. Step by step actions to develop teaching resources for faculty, specifically aimed at online course design.

Speaker Bio(s)

Linnea Barton

Linnea Barton works in a split position as the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Assistive Technology Specialist and Writing Center Coordinator located in the Academic Assistance Center. Linnea has also taught ESL and Composition at UMC and sits on the Committee for Access.