UH Manoa presents free webinar series on college teaching

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Megan Conway, (808) 956-6166
Center on Disability Studies
Posted: Jul 9, 2009

SESSION ONE: Monday, July 20, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Making Distance Education Accessible for ALL Learners

Presented by Adam Tanners, M.A., Instructor, Technology and Distance Program, College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

SESSION TWO: Monday, July 27, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

PRACTICAL Applications of Universal Design for Learning

Presented by Bryan Cook, Ph.D., Professor, College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

For more information about the topics and speakers please visit http://www.ist.hawaii.edu.

Pre-Registration required. Information about how to access the Webinars will follow. To register email Velina Sugiyama at velina@hawaii.edu.


Making Distance Education Accessible for ALL Learners

Distance Education has increasingly become more important as its potential to reach more students is realized, many of whom are returning to school after participating in the workforce. However, distance education can also create barriers to learning for students who do not have the technical skills to fully participate, or who experience disability or second language issues. Federal Law requires that distance education courses meet specific standards of accessibility. This webinar will focus on making online courses accessible to all of the students in the virtual classroom, with a particular focus on students with disabilities. For more information about federal regulations guiding postsecondary access and about assistive technology go to http://www.ist.hawaii.edu/training.

PRACTICAL Applications of Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a teaching philosophy that recognizes the diversity of teaching methods and learning styles. The three principles of UDL are that there are (a) multiple means of expression, (b) multiple means of engagement, and (c) multiple means of representation. For more about the basic foundations of UDL please visit the website http://www.ist.hawaii.edu/training.

This webinar will go beyond a discussion of the foundations of UDL to PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS in the postsecondary classroom. Learn how to apply UDL so that both instructors and students get the most out of the classroom experience.


Adam Tanners is a doctoral student in Exceptionalities and an instructor for the Technology and Distance programs (TDP) at the College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Adam‘s responsibilities at TDP include working with and mentoring faculty on development of online classes. Before starting his doctoral program, Adam served as the Assistive Technology Specialist for the Disabled Students‘ Program (DSP) at the University of California at Berkeley.

Bryan Cook is currently the Hubert Everly Scholar at UH's College of Education. He is the 2007 recipient of the Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research; and received the 2008 James M. Kauffman Publication Award. Cook was previously co-principal investigator, with Dr. Phillip Rumrill, on the Access to Quality Higher Education Project, a 3-year project funded by the Office of Post-secondary Education.

Sponsored by the Innovative and Sustainable Teaching Project (IST) http://www.ist.hawaii.edu.