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(U6) Panel - Gaining Perspective: Designing, Implementing and Modeling UDL in an Online Graduate Program

Presenters: Jennifer Lock, Evelyn Hickey, Belina Caissie, Trisa Soroski and Nikki Mountford, University of Calgary

Abstract: The purpose of this interactive panel session is threefold.  First, to provide an overview of the design and implementation of an online graduate program where students develop a greater awareness and understanding of UDL and applied it in their own practice. Second, to provide an opportunity for each panel member [1) academic coordinator for the program; 2) two instructors and 3) a former student] to share their experiences with UDL in the program. Third, the panel members will share recommendations for how post-secondary institutions can expand and deepen the application of UDL across courses and programs.

Audience:  Faculty and tutors, Course and instructional designers, Web Developers and Designers

Learning Objectives:

  • Raise awareness at the instructor and institutional levels of how UDL can be integrated into online learning environments.
  • Provide strategies and techniques in how UDL can be used within post-secondary learning environments.
  • Showcase a graduate program initiative that has embedded UDL in the design, instruction and assessment.


Jennifer Lock, PhD, is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and specialization chair for the Learning Sciences in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.  Her area of specialization is in online learning, ICT integration, change and innovation and educational development in higher education.

Evelyn Hickey, EdD, studied educational technology and universal design for learning.  She is an educator with the Calgary Board of Education and a Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Hickey is passionate about creating learning environments where student voice and choice influence the student’s experience and potentiality.  Her interests include UDL, LD, assessment, stigma and diversity.

Belina Caissie, EdDc, has 18 years of experience supporting students with diverse learning needs. She is a Project Manager of Technology Planning and Research in Alberta Education’s Technology Leadership Branch and a sessional instructor as well as a doctoral candidate with the University of Calgary.  Belina is passionate about equity in and through education.

Trisa Soroski, M.Ed., is currently serving as Principal of St. Clare School in Calgary.  Her area of specialization is the implementation of educational and assistive technology.  As a school administrator, she works closely with teachers, educational assistants and the community to create inclusive learning environments for all.

Nikki Mountford, M.Ed., is a graduate student with the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, focusing on educational research and technology. She works in the capacity of Learning Program Consultant with the Haskayne School of Business – Executive Education. Nikki has worked in the field of adult learning for over 15 years and is passionate about creating inspiring educational experiences combining technology, pedagogy and learner-centric approaches.

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Updated December 16, 2015 by Student & Academic Services