Tools for Implementing Universal Design for Learning on Laptops and Mobile Devices

Concurrent Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

UDL is purposeful framework to guide learning design. However, instructors and designers face challenges implementing UDL. Luckily, there are many tools out there that can help designers/instructors to design courses that utilize multiple means of presentation, multiple means of engagement and multiple means of representations


I am an instructional designers at OSU Ecampus' Course Development and Training Unit. I have a MA in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. I have worked in the field of instructional design , faculty development, and course development since December 2006. I am passionate about pursuing excellence in teaching and learning.

Extended Abstract

“I assigned students to submit video, but they had so many technical difficulties and answering these tech related complaints and questions become overwhelming and I ended up not having assignment videos anymore.” “I just want to grade all submissions using my iPad, and record video of me explaining what my handwritten comments on the submitted document mean. But I couldn’t figure out how.” Do these kinds of comments from our instructors sound familiar to you?


This kinds of feedback from instructors definitely sounds familiar to me. In this session, we will explore tools that enable instructors to present content, communicate grading feedback, engage students and allow students to show what they have learned textually, visually, and with audio or video.


Session outcomes:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to

  • Define UDL and explain how to identify tools that will help support UDL practices in an online course

  • Name a handful of tools that can help them implement UDL practices.

  • Create rich media content and feedback  with Explain Everything, Canva, html 5 editor, audio and video recording tools for both laptop and mobile devices

  • Use the UDL checklist for evaluating external tools in UDL implementation


This session will be a combination of tool presentation by presenter and audience practicing tools and submitting works in demo Canvas course on free canvas site as students. The list of tools introduced will include:

  • Text and responsive web pages:Microsoft Office Accessible Document Creation,  HTML 5 Editor;   google’s mobile friendly test site; Responsive Web page design templates

  • Visual creation on mobile devices and on laptop/desktops: Canva; Tagxedo;Piktochart; 3-D scanning

  • Video capturing on mobile devices and on laptop/desktops: Camera on mobile devices; webcam, flipgrid; Flip Camera; 360 Camera;

  • Audio: audio recorder from mobile devices; audacity; garage band;

  • Voice animator: Voki; Animoji on iPhone X; or Doppel: Animated Emoji for All

  • Screencasting: Explain Everything; Screencastomatic

  • Annotation tools: iAnnotate; perusall; Markup app;; google doc; inline-grading in LMS;

  • Audience participation: Padlet; AnswerGarden;

  • Mindmapping tools: mindmup & 8 other free tools for mindmapping

  • Embedding Questions in Videos: Kalture video quizzing; EdPuzzle;

  • Interactive: Articulate storyline; Kahoot!;

  • Polling/survey tools: Poll everywhere;


The tools audience will practice using as students include:

  • Canva/WordSalad/Shapego

  • Mindmup

  • Doppel/Animated Emoji/Animoji

  • Kahoot

  • Explain Everything