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Sambhavi Chandrashekar

10:00 am - 10:50 am Central Time

Universal Design for Learning: How Brightspace Supports You in Teaching Inclusively

Presented by Sambhavi Chandrashekar, Global Accessibility Lead, D2L Corporation

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Covid has been instrumental in bringing disruptive changes to educational practices. Teaching and learning moved online faster than ever in history. Many instructors started teaching online for the first time. The flexibility this brings about can benefit students optimally if the features and tools built into online education technologies for facilitating inclusion are used appropriately.  

This session offers a brief introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and demonstrates how D2L’s Brightspace LMS supports the practice of UDL through various features and tools that help make the educational experience more inclusive by catering to diverse learning needs.

Sambhavi (Sam) Chandrashekar leads the accessibility initiatives at D2L as their Global Accessibility Lead. She holds academic positions as Adjunct Professor (Inclusive Design) with OCAD University and Adjunct Professor (Critical Disability Studies) with York University in Toronto. She taught a Master of Design program in Inclusive Design at OCAD University from 2012 to 2016 and again at the University of Toronto in 2020. Sam believes in the practice of UDL as a means for inclusion. She channels her passion for making education accessible to all learners into her work at D2L to help build accessible technology that supports inclusive pedagogy. 

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