UDL Everywhere Always

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Presented at 10:00am in Virtual B on Thursday, November 12, 2020.



  • Christa Miller, Director of Inclusive Media Design, Virginia Tech

Session Details

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


As Universal Design for Learning (UDL) grows in popularity throughout education, it is worth considering its application to all learning opportunities. For example, UDL allowed Virginia Tech to improve their Certified Accessibility Professionals Grant program. Participants will explore where UDL can support learning opportunities for them.


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has made headway in adoption by Higher Education. However, the majority of implementation initiatives, training opportunities, and case studies relate exclusively to UDL adoption by teaching faculty. While this is critical to the success of accessibility improvements, UDL researchers and practitioners agree that UDL applies to all learning. Be it one-on-one, in small groups, or large groups, UDL has the power to improve our communication and improve the reception of our message.   Putting UDL everywhere always has greatly improved the cohort based Certified Accessibility Professionals Grant at Virginia Tech. What started as a didactic training program has improved dramatically through a UDL approach to professional development. In particular, the number of new applicants and new allies has increased since 2018. In this interactive session, participants will explore how to apply UDL to learning opportunities at their institution.


  1. The UDL framework applies to learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom.
  2. UDL increases participant engagement and impact of professional development.
  3. Use a scaffolded approach to implementing UDL to non-traditional classroom learning.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Christa Miller

Christa Miller started at Virginia Tech in 2006. After many years of accessible educational material development and alternative format production, she transitioned to a training-focused role. Her experience includes reading/writing Braille, developing captioning workflows, and working individually with instructors to create accessible content. Today she conducts one-time and semester-long training on accessibility and supervises the creation of accessible media. She also runs accessibility software pilots, collaborates on accessibility initiatives in other departments, and leads bi-annual cohorts of individuals preparing to become certified in accessibility core competencies.