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October, 2022

11Oct9:00 AM9:50 AMDesigning Accessible and Inclusive Formal and Informal Online LearningDr. Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington9:00 AM – 9:50 AM


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October 11, 2022


Tuesday 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Pacific Time


Online via Zoom


Part of 2022 Conference

Session Description

For many online formal and informal learning opportunities in their design stages, little consideration is given to ensuring that the content to be presented, the activities being planned, and the technology to be used to underpin the offerings would be fully accessible to and inclusive of participants with disabilities.

This presentation will share tips for delivering an online offering that is accessible to and inclusive of all presentations, including those with disabilities; discuss stakeholder roles and implementation issues; and refer to resources. This topic is of special importance because of the conversion of thousands of on-site programs to an online format in response to the pandemic, of legal mandates to make an organization’s offering accessible to participants with disabilities, and of growing numbers of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.


Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler

Director, Accessible Technology Services and Associate Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs Accessible Technology Services – which includes the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the IT Accessibility Team (ITAT) – at the University of Washington. These dynamic groups promote (1) the development of self determination skills, use of mainstream and assistive technology, and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the universal design (UD) of learning opportunities; facilities; websites, media, documents and other IT; and services to ensure that they are accessible to, usable by, and inclusive of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Burgstahler has delivered hundreds of presentations and has more than 100 publications that include the books Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education: A Universal Design Toolkit (2020) and Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice (2015), both published by Harvard Education Press.