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2020 Training & Workshops

Accessibility & UDL: Enhancing Video Learning with Captions
Captioning, once thought to be exclusively for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, has well researched benefits for ALL learners. Indeed, captions are known to improve attention, retention, and comprehension of learning videos. In this hands-on workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn multiple ways to efficiently and effectively caption their own videos using YouTube or Canvas Studio.


ONLINE, SELF-PACED: Accessibility & UDL: Designing Accessible Course Material

This workshop series provides opportunity for faculty to learn about the benefits and applied principles for proactively designing courses that are accessible for all learners. Specific topics include why and how to design accessible material, including: word documents, PDFs, Canvas pages, and video & audio. It is intended to be a practical survey, guiding participants through the steps to make material accessible on the level of providing perceptual access and utility for everyone. As part of the workshop, participants will practice applying these concepts to actual course material from their courses with guided oversight and support. Log in to Canvas with your NetID and Password to begin this workshop at your own pace at the following URL:


ONLINE, SELF-PACED: Implementing UDL on Canvas

Canvas offers robust tools for accessible and engaging course design. This course helps instructors and instructional designers learn how to maximize the design of Canvas courses using the principles and practice of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The course also models best practices for Canvas course design, offering rich opportunities to both experience and learn. As a self-paced asynchronous learning experience, you may complete the course whenever and wherever you’d like and at your own pace. Log in to Canvas with your NetID and Password to begin this workshop at your own pace at the following URL:


By Request

All of the above are also available “by request” for groups, as are these topics:

Accessibility & UDL: Course Design for Everyone 

Traditionally, accessibility is understood to be a way to provide access to physical spaces and content for people with disabilities. While that is critical, it is also a narrow way of conceptualizing accessibility. This workshop will introduce participants to the theory and practice of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which provides a framework for designing courses, assessments, materials, methods, and learning environments that proactively account for variability in the population. UDL draws from decades of research in neuroscience, cognitive sciences, and education sciences to promote practical and conceptual frames for the design and delivery of courses. Unlike traditional approaches to accessibility, UDL advocates providing access to not just physical spaces and content, but to learning and expert learning. Unlike traditional accessibility, UDL advocates the provision of access not only to individuals with disabilities, but to everyone. This workshop will go introduce UDL theory and practice, then look specifically at participants’ courses to walk through a UDL design sequence from closely examining goals to developing well designed assessments to the provision of options for learning in methods and materials. By the end of the workshop, participants will have had the chance to re-design one unit of their course and the skills to expand these strategies to other units therein.

Accessibility & UDL: Creating Accessible Course Documents (PC and Mac combined)
Learn how to create electronic course documents that are accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. Small changes in how you create Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents can improve accessibility and benefit all course participants, including the instructor. This workshop is designed for Mac or Windows users of MS Office 2016, and will introduce you to the accessible UTK Course Syllabus template.


Accessibility & UDL: Enhance Accessibility & Productivity with Read & Write Software 

Texthelp’s Read&Write software enables you to quickly and easily create audio files (Mp3 files) to convert text-to-speech, and create accessible PDFs, websites and Canvas pages for your students and others. But wait, there’s more! Read&Write offers studying, writing, and revision tools that everyone can use to improve learning, vocabulary, research and writing skills. Come to this hands-on workshop to learn how to use and teach others to use this robust learning tool. Read&Write software is available to UT employees and students at no additional charge.