Impact - Universal Design for Learning conference at Athabasca University (January 29 - 30, 2016)

Call for Proposals:

Athabasca University is now seeking proposals for a conference that will prepare a range of stakeholders on how best to apply universal design for learning (UDL) and accessibility principles in post-secondary education.

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We encourage proposals currently promoting, implementing or researching UDL and web accessibility principles within on-line or blended learning in post-secondary environments.

This event will be held on January 29 & 30, 2016 at the Chateau Louis Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta.

Conference Objectives:

The aim of this conference is to:

  • Raise stakeholder awareness of issues related to access to online and blended education
  • Provide the scaffolding and skills on which to build and implement institutional practices around UDL, develop infrastructure to support UDL and accessibility, and processes that support UDL approaches.
  • Showcase current initiatives, innovations and techniques used in the UDL and accessibility fields, as well as identify avenues for future development and ongoing implementation.
  • Facilitate the creation of networks and allow for sharing of practices and resources

Session Types:

All conference presenters will be required to register for the conference.

  • Presentation (30 or 60 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion (60 minutes)
  • Workshop (90 minutes)
  • Poster (table or display in main meeting room)

Conference streams:

Conference Target Audience:

Proposal Submission Requirements:

Proposals should include the following information.

  • Title of session (10-15 words max.)
  • Name(s) of presenters
  • Biographies of presenters (100 words max. for each presenter)
  • Conference stream
  • Type of session
  • Target audience
  • Abstract (150 words max.)
  • Full description (500 words max.)
  • Top three learning objectives
  • Contact details including phone and e-mail
  • Room Setup & Audio-visual needs

The conference will provide VGA projectors and laptops for use in presentation rooms. There will be a virtual stream for sessions so providing presentations the week prior to start is necessary to ensure its use in the virtual web conferencing system for on-line participants.

For more information please contact the conference organizers at

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2015