Your Leaders are Listening: Accessibility in the Time of COVID-19

Friday, May 29  l 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

About the Session

Many online-program leaders resist program-level inclusive-design techniques, perceiving them as a) being beneficial for only a small segment of learners; b) requiring a significant outlay of time, people, and work effort; and c) having a limited impact on learner outcomes. With the COVID-19 pandemic, access barriers to learning affect everyone, and lowering or removing such barriers is now a mission-critical concern for leaders of all types of educational and business organizations.

This session will provide attendees the tools needed to re-frame UDL for senior leaders in order to:


  • INNOVATE by getting online program leaders to adopt and champion UDL as a means
    to increase learner persistence, satisfaction, and retention;
  • REPLICATE the benefits by creating consistent learning interactions that save instructor
    time while encouraging learner choices and creativity;
  • create positive IMPACT by providing distance-learning students with more time for
    study and practice in their busy days;
  • find compelling EVIDENCE by re-framing UDL away from a disability mindset and
    toward emerging technologies; and
  • increase the SCOPE of online programs by bringing new learners into online learning.

Thomas Tobin

Thomas J. Tobin, PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT, CPACC

Program Area Director—Distance Teaching & Learning
Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI)
Division of Continuing Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison