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Schedule & Program

A brief table of conference activities along with links to Session Abstracts and Speaker Bios can be found on the Program Schedule. This online Program Schedule may slightly change without notice but registrants will be provided with the final Program Schedule.

Full Program with Abstracts

Vendor / Poster Fair

A Vendor / Poster Fair, in the windowed solarium of the main meeting room, is open the entire conference. It will offer you the opportunity to talk to product vendors and UDL or Accessibility consultants. Posters can showcase research, projects, and initiatives that demonstrate UDL and accessibility principles at work.

Access Challenge Lab

Participate in the "Access Challenge Lab”, a hands-on, high/low and no tech exhibit to gain valuable experiential insights into educational tasks through a simulation lens of function or perception. Test your content for accessibility. The Lab will be available during the entire conference.

Using Virtual Reality and Telepresence in Education, Training, and Research

Virtual reality and robotics are being hailed by many as the next major technological breakthroughs in our society. Learn how researchers at the University of Alberta are using virtual reality and robotics to: investigate the biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion; develop real-time collaborative learning environments for globally connected students; connect clinicians to remote work sites using Double Robotics; train professionals how to interact with the media; and so much more!

Welcome Wine & Cheese Reception & Registration

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Registration and Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception Featuring filmmaker Sheila Nykwist who produced “Dare to Dream” a unique expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. We are excited to have a motivating keynote speaker who is a Canadian sport hero. She is someone who has risen to every challenge. Viviane Forest admits, "Failure is Not an Option". Unwind with colleagues after your journey to Edmonton and prepare for a full, fantastic conference of learning, discussion and connection.

Main Conference

January 29 & 30, 2016

Alternate Registration: Friday, January 29, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Site Tour: Friday, January 29, 7:30 am Conference Center Foyer
Sessions Start: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Learn more about the conference, session streams, who should attend and refresh yourself on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Web Accessibility.

Impact UDL is packed with over 30 sessions of hands-on workshops, thought-provoking discussion panels and much more. Our Featured Speakers will lead us through the what, why and how of universal design and accessibility in online learning.

Meals & Breaks

We will share meals together (buffet style) and mingle during nutrition breaks in the main ballroom. Breakfast, Lunch and nutrition breaks are provided January 29 & 30.
Breakfasts: 7:30 am - 8:15 am
Lunches: 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm

There are 15 minute breaks between sessions so you can mingle and refresh with snacks and beverages.

Updated January 22, 2016 by Student & Academic Services