[BITS] Using Universal Design and Accessibility Tools in Blackboard Learn to Build High-Quality Courses

Created by eschramke on May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at

Starts at 1:00 PM · Ends at 2:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

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About the webinar

Technology accessibility is increasingly important in higher education from legal and ethical standpoints: inaccessible websites and digital content erect barriers and put colleges and universities at legal risk, and, as online course content has become integral to teaching and learning, instructors and instructional designers are increasingly called on to ensure higher education is accessible to all.

A focus on accessibility and Universal Design for Learning, a framework for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn, can also result in better course design by eliminating technical barriers, fostering various forms of engagement, and optimizing teaching and learning for all.



Rachel Thompson



Rachel Shuttlesworth Thompson

Director of the Faculty Resource Center,
The University of Alabama

Rachel Shuttlesworth Thompson, Director of the Faculty Resource Center, leads instructional technology and technology accessibility endeavors at The University of Alabama. Rachel has been involved in higher education instructional technology support and training since 2007 and technology accessibility initiatives since 2011.


Melissa Green



Melissa Green

Technology Accessibility Specialist,
The University of Alabama

Melissa Green, Technology Accessibility Specialist: Melissa works to ensure that technology users, including those with disabilities, have a functional and accessible technology experience with The University of Alabama’s web presence and instructional and emerging technologies. Melissa embraces technology’s potential to foster access and inclusion for all, a perspective informed by her work in the disability community, libraries, and information technology.


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