UDL works to provide students with options to obtain course content in the way that is the most supportive and beneficial to their learning. Additionally, students with disabilities often require course materials in alternate format, which can create a time consuming barrier for students, as well as educators. Proactively providing course content in multiple formats, is supportive of all learners and can save faculty time during the semester.
There are a number of practical ways to provide content options within a course. Ideally, all course content would be provided in at least two formats. Options for providing multiple formats may include:
- Content in the HTML editor and a link to Word versions, and/or PDF.
- PowerPoint presentations with PDF versions also available.
- Captioned videos posted with a transcript.
- Create the course content in whatever format you choose.
- Copy and paste the content into another format (for example, copy and paste content from a Word document into the HTML editor in the online course site), or save the document as another file type (for example, saving a PowerPoint as a PDF).
- Provide all content options to students and explicitly tell them where the materials are and how to access them.
If you would like to include links to additional formats, or caption your videos, contact your Educational Technology Specialist in the Centre for Teaching & Learning.
While UDL is not the same as accessibility, it is important that course content is accessible to all learners. To learn more about how to make documents and presentations accessible, check out the Tools and Resources section of the Accessibility website.
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are another easy way to provide a wide variety of content options with minimal effort; OERs have up to nine different formats (for example PDF, HTMLBook, etc.) for students to choose from.
To learn more about OERs and find suitable course materials you can search Ontario’s Open Library website. If OERs are new to you, you may also wish to review the Learning Portal About OER webpage. If you have questions regarding the use of OERs within courses you can connect with Peggy French, in the Centre for Teaching & Learning at peggy.french [at] mohawkcollege.ca.
LinkedIn Learning has a variety of learning material options for learners to choose from (for example, transcripts of videos or captioning) while providing multimedia resources suitable for higher education courses.
To learn more about LinkedIn Learning at Mohawk College, including how to access materials and gain support if you need it, review the LinkedIn Learning website.