Universal Design for Learning (UDL) + Quercus

Inclusive approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment

Want to design learning that engages all your students? Interested in using Quercus to overcome barriers to learning in your course? Want to re-develop resources, activities, and assessments? This series of four webinars uses Universal Design for Learning Principles in combination with evidence-based practices and specific Quercus features to help you create a more accessible and inclusive learning experience for your students. Join us for a hands-on exploration of practices and design principles that promote learning for all students.

Join us for one or all four webinars!
January 30, February 27, March 26, April 30

Anna Limanni, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning & Technology
Ben Poynton, AODA Officer
Chris Sabatinos, Web Accessibilty Specialist (AODA)
Mike Kasprzak, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI


WEBINAR #2: 5 Strategies for Assessment and Feedback

Quality assessment and feedback facilitate student learning. Learn how to create more engaging assessment options and how to provide more effective and timely feedback in Quercus using these key strategies:

  1. Using multiple and varied assessments
  2. Using rubrics to set expectations and provide feedback
  3. Preprogramming question or answer-specific feedback for automatically-graded quizzes
  4. Personalizing feedback with text annotations and audio/video options
  5. Facilitating peer feedback



WEBINAR #3: 5 Strategies for Student Engagement and Community Building

To tap into learners’ variable interests, provide appropriate levels of challenge, and increase motivation—you need to build and maintain a community of learners.  Motivate and engage your students in Quercus using these key strategies:

  1. Optimizing relevance and authenticity with an effective Home Page
  2. Promoting content development with editable ‘wiki’ Pages
  3. Using Discussions for active participation, exploration and experimentation.
  4. Supporting learning with student-generated questions in Quizzical
  5. Fostering collaboration through Groups.


WEBINAR #4: Inclusive approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment

Creating your content with accessibility in mind will ensure that you can reach and support the widest variety of learners. Make your materials accessible in Quercus using these key strategies:

  1. Including an accessibility statement in your syllabus
  2. Personalizing students’ learning experience through tailored feedback
  3. Using built-in accessibility tools to format text, lists, and hyperlinks
  4. Making captions or transcripts available for media
  5. Sharing learning objectives/outcomes to clarify expectations