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UDL Symposium: 1C. Universal online design - informed by accessibility, usability and social learning frameworks

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Live presentation including Q&A

Awareness and commitment to accessible design of online learning is growing in tertiary education, yet many educators and learning design professionals can feel overwhelmed when seeking easy-to-implement strategies. Social learning frameworks offer us strategies for building learning environments where learners feel a sense of belonging and connection. Usability research offers design principles that respond to how people navigate, read, watch and reflect in online environments, and accessibility guidelines provide clear standards that guide in selecting colour, text and so on.

Looking to each of these areas risks an increased sense of being overwhelmed, but a distilled list of design approaches can help us action the principles of Universal Design for Learning. This workshop aimed to help you work from an actionable list of design strategies and provided pathways for digging deeper into universal design of online learning experiences.


Rae Jobst has been working with Griffith University for eight years in education design. Prior to joining Griffith, she was working in a Qld government department coordinating and delivering professional development for staff in disability services. And before that... lots of years in the disability field, mostly in the area of vocational training and employment.

(September 2023)