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Implementing Universal Design Principles and Accessibility to Online Courses at a Large University

| Proposal No: 1924

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  • Nancy Swenson, Associate Instructional Designer, University of Central Florida

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

Summary of Session

Presentation will showcase an Accessibility Support Model implemented to support diverse learners as well as strategies, resources, and professional development for faculty to learn how to apply UDL principles and accessibility to their online courses.


In this session, we will share the University of Central Florida’s Accessibility Support Model for online courses that was designed to provide a scalable and systematic approach to creating accessible online courses. This model consists of several strategies; one of which is educating faculty on how to apply Universal Design principles to the design of their online courses. We will also showcase strategies and resources that we have implemented to empower faculty create accessible course materials and support diverse learning styles.


  1. Applying universal design for learning principles and accessibility to online courses
  2. Professional development and support for faculty teaching online courses
  3. Scalable, systematic, and sustainable approach to accessibility of online course materials.

Speaker Bio(s)

Nancy Swenson

Nancy Swenson is an Associate Instructional Designer at the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning. She assists faculty with the design, development, and delivery of online and hybrid courses. Nancy has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education. Prior to becoming an Instructional Designer, she taught Business Education classes for 13 years in the Florida public school system. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor at UCF, Valencia Community College, and Florida Virtual School. Her online teaching and learning research interests include adult learning theory universal design for learning, and accessibility of online education. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences as well as being published in a peer reviewed journal.