Implementing UDL Strategies for Online Learning

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

Verbit will discuss the techniques of implementing Universal Design for Learning strategies into the university's online course development process.  Shir and Korey will discuss how to collaborate with various academic units and instructional designers to create accessible content and how Verbit's closed-captioning solution is critical in this effort.


Shir Ibgui graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Marketing and a minor in French and Francophone studies. She then pursued a Masters in International Business at UF. Throughout her education she worked and studied in the U.S, France, and Israel and loves working among different cultures and observing how business etiquette differs around the globe. As a first generation American, Shir understands the importance of an inclusive and accessible environment and how the use of captions can help a wide array of people, like those with learning disabilities and those who speak English as second language.
Korey Singleton manages the George Mason University Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI). The ATI works collaboratively with other units within the Mason community to develop and coordinate the implementation of a university-wide plan to ensure equivalent access for individuals with disabilities to information technology and communications. He has worked as an assistive technology specialist for over 20 years providing needs assessments, training, and technology support at home, in the workplace, and in the educational environment for individuals with sensory, physical and cognitive impairments, including persons with multiple disabilities.

Extended Abstract

In this session, Korey Singleton, Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) Manager at George Mason University, will highlight the ATI's efforts to integrate UDL strategies into the university's online course development process.  Shir and Korey will discuss how the ATI works collaboratively with various academic units, distance education professionals, and instructional designers (IDs) to asses needs and ensure that students with sensory and learning challenges are provided with equivalent access to instructional materials.  In addition, they will provide an overview of Verbit's closed-captioning solution and it's critical role in this effort.