The Bigger Picture of Learning Technology: Leveraging Digital Transformation (Dx) to Advocate for UDL

Presented at 11:15am in Gov Square 10 on Thursday, November 18, 2021.



  • Katherine Hamilton, Head of Brand , Glean

Session Details

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


Covid’s impact on the learning landscape has triggered a faster Digital Transformation. 72% of college leaders are concerned about the value of Education. They are prioritising ‘investment in technologies’ and a ‘seamless learning experience’. This is our opportunity to advocate for UDL by promoting learning technologies built on inclusive design.


Digital Transformation (Dx) is the next big change in Higher Education. It heralds cultural changes to teaching and learning that are student-centric and rooted in technology. Indeed, in a recent Inside Higher Ed report, 72% of college leaders were concerned about the perceived value of Education, prioritizing faster ‘investment in technologies’ and a ‘seamless learning experience’.

Correspondingly, Glean’s research into the impact of Covid on Disability Support found that 58% of Directors were being asked to consider Dx at their institution. We argue that this presents a window of opportunity to advance the UDL agenda across campus. To do so, we discuss the bigger picture of learning technology and why we are investing in developing note taking technology as a learning solution to improve the student experience.

In this session, we explore how shining a light on inclusive design and its learning benefits can help promote a UDL approach that benefits students of all abilities.


  1. Digital Transformation (Dx) is an opportunity to advocate for UDL across campus.
  2. Decisions to purchase learning technology must consider its impact on the student experience for all students.
  3. Glean’s inclusive design considers how the learning experience is improved for students of all abilities.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Psychological, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Katherine Hamilton

Katherine is Glean’s Head of Brand, focusing on how we can help every learner to have the confidence and ability to build useful knowledge in an age of information overload. Glean (formerly Sonocent) creates inclusive note taking solutions that empower 100,000+ users across 600 institutions to reach their potential in and out of the classroom. Katherine’s vision is to shape Glean as more than just a technology company but instead a driver of real social change in diverse learning environments. Katherine has previously spoken at COE, AHEAD, ATIA, AHG, and CSUN conferences about improving equity and the relationship between note taking and learning.