Beyond Captioning: Tips and Tricks for Accessible Course Design

  • Jenessa L. Gerling Hennepin Technical College
  • Karen LaPlant Hennepin Technical College
Keywords: Accessibility, UDL, Universal Design, Accessibility Checklist, Checklist


In a world where the landscape and demographics served in education are continually changing, so too must our development of courses that are accessible and accommodating to learners of all demographics including race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, disability, ability, and much, much more. With a framework surrounding Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Curriculum, this session will provide tips and tricks for helping develop and deliver online and blended curricula that proactively allow for equal access for all learners. * Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Instruction is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

Author Biography

Jenessa L. Gerling, Hennepin Technical College

Jenessa Gerling has been Communication faculty at Hennepin Technical College for 14 years and serves as the D2L Brightspace trainer. Additionally, she is co-chair of the eLearning Committee, participates as a Quality Matters (QM) Peer and Master Reviewer and is very interested in innovative ways to increase retention and student success, recently helping MinnState develop a Captioning Toolkit.