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Breakout 2F

1:00 pm- 1:50 pm Central Time

Katie, a readhead with freckles, smiling

Multiplicity: Universal Design for Learning and the Power in Numbers

Presented by:


Dr. Katie Grennell 
Accessibility Strategist, Anthology

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Session Description:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is founded on the notion of multiplicity: multiple means of expression, representation, and engagement. The power in the multiplicity of these means is substantial in that it breaks down barriers to learning and affirms the unique learning preferences and styles of all learners. As we learn more about learning needs and preferences as well as the growing field of digital accessibility, that multiplicity becomes even more critical. Tools, such as Anthology Ally, can serve to uphold this multiplicity by offering various alternative formats of course content, thus aligning with UDL's principle of multiple means of engagement.

This session will discuss the importance of UDL as both an accessible and equitable learning framework by way of Anthology Ally.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Grennell completed her PhD in American Studies from the University at Buffalo in 2016. Her dissertation, entitled The Making of the ‘Fame Monster’: Disability Aesthetics, Bodily Deviance and Celebrity Culture troubled the distinctions between deviance and normativity by analyzing representations of disability, bodily difference, and deviance in American popular music and popular culture of the late 20th and early 21st century. She has worked as an adjunct in the disciplines of history, American Studies, American popular music, and disability studies for over 14 years at multiple institutions throughout Western New York. She began working for Anthology (then Campus Labs) in 2016 as a consultant and since then has also worked as an Account Manager and Senior Education & Training Specialist. She currently works as an Accessibility Strategist at Anthology. Her first book, Disability and Accessibility in the Music Classroom: An Instructor’s Guide (Routledge) was published September 1, 2022.

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