Content Options

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, there are learners who require or would benefit from alternate formats. However, gaining alternate formats for course content can be 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 educators time. 


There are a number of practical ways to provide content options within a course. Ideally, all course content would be proactively 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
  • Captioned videos posted with a transcript

To implement:

  1. Create the course content in whatever format you choose.
  2. 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).
  3. 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 Instructional Designer in the Centre for Teaching & Learning Innovation. 

To support equity, inclusion and access, it is important that course content is accessible to all learners. To learn more about how to make documents and presentations accessible, review the Accessible Documents and Alternate Format resources on the Accessibility Tool and Resources webpage.

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 you can review the Mohawk College Library Open Education webpage, or connect with the Mohawk College Library.  

LinkedIn Learning

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.