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Universal Design and Blackboard Ally: hands-on seminar July 29

How do you know if your Blackboard course materials are accessible? How do you fix them if they’re not? There are tools available in Blackboard and Microsoft Office to help with these tasks, and Education Resources has invited UND’s Teaching Transformation & Development Academy (TTaDA) to show us how to use “universal design” in a hands-on session using your own course materials.

Education Resources and TTaDA invite you to attend a seminar and hands-on workshop on Universal Design & Blackboard Ally—tools that help you make sure your online courses are accessible for students and comply with federal accessibility standards. One more session will be offered at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks:

  • Monday, July 29 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., room E422

The workshop will be presented by TTaDA’s Dr. Lori Swinney and will include a hands-on portion to help attendees apply what they learn to their own online teaching resources.

Universal design principles for online learning environments are based on the knowledge that a broad range of human abilities exist. Therefore, the creation of content needs to be made as usable as possible for as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation. Designing for a wide range of users from the beginning of the building process can increase usability without significantly increasing the time it takes to build. The results benefit everyone and reduce modifications later when students, instructors, or content changes.

The presentation portion of the seminar will be streamed and recorded for later viewing. The streaming link will be posted at this location shortly before the session begins. Those who attend remotely and would like hands-on assistance can contact