Technology and UDL Affinity Group

Technology & UDL Affinity Group

Affinity Group Co-Facilitators

Lori Cooney

Lori Cooney, MEd

Program Director, Inclusive Education & Curriculum Design, and Universal Design Specialist

Olivia Hester 

Research Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Don McMahon

Associate Professor of Special Education, Washington State University

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Welcome to the Think College Technology & UDL Affinity Group.

The purpose of the Affinity Group is to support members to:

  • Learn about technology and universal design for learning to support inclusive higher education
  • Connect with educators, curriculum designers, technology specialists and others
  • Explore possible collaborations, and share tools and resources.

This Affinity Group is designed for people who are interested in using technology and universal design for learning to support students of all abilities in higher education settings. The activities of the group will include discussion and demonstration of new and emerging technologies and techniques, review of existing apps, software, and programs, and whatever other activities the group desires. Current research and practice will be interspersed in the agenda, and discussion of best practice will be the foundation of the group.

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Links

Zoom link for all meetings

Upcoming Meeting Dates

December 15, 2022, 3-4pm ET

  • Topic: Internet safety and wellness

March 16, 2023, 3-4pm ET

June 15, 2023, 3-4pm ET

September 21, 2023, 3-4pm ET

Past Meetings

Apps for Transition Independence
Date: September 15, 2022
Summary: The group discussed apps for transition independence with a focus on transportation and safety. Some of the things discussed were Google My Maps, campus transportation apps, Lyft, Uber, Tinder, and Moonlight as a safety backup for Tinder.

Program Approaches to Technology and Digital Literacy
Date: May 12, 2022
Summary: Group discussion of strategies to support students to learn day to day technology, such as digital calendars, two-factor authentication, task and reminder lists, ride share apps, etc.
Resources Links
Voice in Voice Typing
Simple In and Out App
Digital Literacy Assessment

Communication Apps/Sites 10-minute Demos
Date: March 3, 2022
Resource Links
Read & Write slides
Read & Write website
Text Compactor

Accessible Communication
Date: January 13, 2022
Presenter: Elizabeth Stewart, Ph.D., ATP is a Solutions Consultant for Tobii Dynavox specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Resource Links
TD Snap
TD Talk
Assistive Touch on iOS

Communication and Collaboration Tools
Date: November 4, 2021
Summary: VR Demo and chat, Mindmapping with Google Mindmaps, "almost in-person" meetings with Kumospace
Resource Links
Using Google My Maps for Student Supports (video demo)

Let's Get "Unstuck"
Date: September 30, 2021
Presenters: Ela Ben-Hur, founder of the Innovators Compass and assistant adjunct professor at Olin College; Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Assistive Technology Specialist, consultant, and adjunct professor

February 24, 2021

December 2, 2020
Wakelet for Assessment Tools

September 23, 2020
Tech-A-Licious Slides on Google

Students Accessing Accommodations
Date: February 27, 2020

Minot State University UDL-It! and 5 Steps to UDLifying Your Syllabus
Date: November 21, 2019

Student Success Standards and Resources
Date: September 20, 2019

Instruction & Assessment
Date: May 23, 2019

Brief Introduction to Universal Design
Date: February 28, 2019