What to Expect: O’Donnell Learn & PADLA Present Equity and Inclusion in Online Course Design



Topic: Equity and Inclusion in Online Course Design

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 12 - 1 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. EDT

Format: Webinar, Presentation followed by a brief discussion.

Host: Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA)

Price: FREE

Presenters: Carrie O’Donnell, Founder, O’Donnell Learn & Brett Christie, Ph.D, Director of Learning Experience Design, O’Donnell Learn


This FREE, one-hour webinar will present and invite discussion around the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, including practices for digital equity and inclusion.

Though Fall 2020 remains uncertain, I’m excited to discuss what can be done differently to ensure equal access and the opportunity to excel for the greatest number and diversity of students. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned across 15 years experience with Universal Design for Learning, especially newer elements related to equity and inclusion. Brett Christie, Ph.D.

The emergency remote instruction of Spring 2020 exposed ways in which institutions or instructors placed more students on the wrong side of the digital divide. Unfortunately, the rapid shift to online also served to widen the accessibility gap, further marginalizing students with disabilities or those needing materials in alternate formats.


With Fall 2020 upon us, it is imperative we critically examine how to develop and deliver courses, resources and experiences in an inclusive manner. Teaching strategies and learning solutions must promote access, inclusivity and a sense of belonging to ensure learning experiences are as equitable as possible across a wide range of students.


Participants joining us can expect to gain:

  • Understanding and empathy for how rapid scaling to online instruction can exacerbate teaching-learning inequities

  • Guidance for using the principles of Universal Design for Learning as a framework inclusive course design and delivery

  • Awareness of Universal Design for Learning resources available to guide related course changes, including examples

  • Opportunities to interact around main issues instructors and students face as well as solutions aimed at minimizing learning process inequities

  • Access to Brett and Carrie’s presentation outlining the Universal Design for Learning Strategies

Join us online August 5, at 12 noon or 6 p.m. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Sessions are identical.

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