Accessibility Ambassadors: Universal Design for Learning

Are you a course instructor looking to improve accessibility in your lectures, assignments, and learning platform? Perhaps you are searching for ways to ensure active engagement of all learners, rather than just a few? Or are you a student with a learning disability, an English learner, or someone who regularly experiences barriers to traditional instruction? Are you looking for opportunities to develop self-advocacy skills and demonstrate your strengths in your college coursework?

This month we are joined by Amy Kunkel, Ph.D., assistant teaching professor and special education licensure coordinator for the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development on the Twin Cities campus.

This presentation will provide instructors and students with strategies to improve engagement and accessibility in college coursework. Through Universal Design for Learning, barriers to traditional instruction are broken down, and instructors build learning activities that provide multiple means of engagement, representation of content, and methods to demonstrate and assess student understanding. This presentation will provide attendees with valuable information on developing universally designed lectures, activities, and learning platforms (e.g., Canvas) to ensure accessibility for all students in your college courses.

Recording: Universal Design for Learning (01:14:40

About Accessibility Ambassadors

Accessibility Ambassadors are a group of University employees from across all campuses who are passionate about making U of M digital resources more accessible online. They bring different skills, strengths, and backgrounds, but all want to create an inclusive and accessible community at the U of M.

They host events to teach, advocate, and discuss digital accessibility topics and strive to be resources for the University community.

To learn about more accessibility-related events at the University of Minnesota, please visit Accessible U.

For more information about the Ambassadors, join the Google Group or send an email to: