UDL tip of the week – Week 6 Panopto (lecture capture system)

Providing multiple means of representation is one of the main UDL principles. Some of your students will appreciate the use of Panopto, lecture capture system.

Here are several reasons to use Panopto.

  • Students miss classes for various reasons.
  • You might help a student who needs a notetaker.
  • It is hard to listen and take notes at the same time.
  • Students might want to review parts of your lectures later.
  • Our students like Panopto! (feedback from students on Panopto). 
  • You can review your teaching or presentation style.
  • You can make short videos to flip your classroom.

What can you do with Panopto?

  • Record audio, a computer screen and/or video of the presenter.
  • Record Powerpoint or Keynote slides.
  • Add quizzes.
  • Check the usage analytics.

UDL tip of the week- Week 5 Creating accessible Word documents

Here are some best practices to create more accessible Word documents.

  • Use Word’s built-in headings and styles
  • Add alternative text for images and tables.
  • Don’t use color alone to convey important information.
  • Use meaningful hyperlink text (NOT “click here.”)
  • Use sufficient contrast for text and background colors.

Check the recommendations by WebAIM or Microsoft to learn how to make your documents screen reader friendly and more accessible to a variety of readers. 

UDL tip of the week- Week 4 Adding closed captions using YouTube

Providing alternative representations such as multimedia materials other than text for clarity and comprehensibility is a principle of UDL. Our students appreciate the use of visual materials. However, such visual representations are not equally accessible to all learners. If you use videos in your course, closed captions are essential for the deaf or hard of hearing. The benefits of closed captions go beyond access for learners with disabilities. Non-native speakers of English may appreciate captions too.

If you are looking for a video to use in your class, you can filter YouTube for videos with closed captions.

You can also use YouTube to add closed captions to your video.

You can read the instructions or watch this short (5m 16s) Lynda.com video “Use YouTube to add captions or subtitles to video.” (You need to login to Lynda with your Haverford email).

From the video, you will learn how to:

  1. Turn on/off closed captions.
  2. Generate captions automatically.
  3. Edit the automatically generated captions.

Haverford faculty, staff, and students already have access to a YouTube account via gmail.

If you want, you can set the video as unlisted and share its URL only with your students.


UDL tip of the week: Week 2 VoiceThread

  • Do you often require your students to make in-class presentations? Do you think some students might appreciate an online alternative?
  • Do you usually use text-only discussion in your class? Do you think some students might appreciate the ability to use multisensory modalities?
  • Do you want to give your students opportunities to share constructive feedback on their classmates’ projects asynchronously?

If your answer to any of these question is yes, you might want to consider integrating VoiceThread into your classes.

What is VoiceThread?

  • It is a multimodal and multisensory program.
  • It is a cloud-based program. All you need is a computer or mobile device and internet connection.
  • You can upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos.
  • You can add comments on VoiceThread slides using one of five commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.
  • It can be used for asynchronous discussions.
  • You can share your VoiceThread project with other people and invite them to add comments to it using the comment tools.
  • It’s tied to our Moodle. So you do not need to create an account for it.
  • You have an option to use the VoiceThread Universal version, which is screen reader enabled.
  • You can upload captions to audio and video comments.
  • You can download any finished project as a stand-alone movie file.




UDL tip of the week: Week 1 Whiteboard App Explain Everything

Instructional Technology Services in IITS is collaborating with ADS, OAR, Writing Center, and other departments to promote Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a framework that is useful in designing curricula that meet the needs of all learners. The UDL framework takes a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to the curricula and it includes flexibility & alternatives and reduces barriers for all students to become expert learners. You can read about UDL Principles and UDL Guidelines by CAST, an organization that works to expand learning opportunities to all individuals using UDL.

For the rest of the spring semester, Instructional Technology Services will be sharing instructional technology weekly tips that align with the UDL guidelines: we will be focusing on easy-to-implement technologies. There are a lot of ways to implement the UDL guidelines without using any technology. Therefore, we will welcome any and all departments to join and share UDL tips from your area of expertise.

Week 1: UDL Tip of the week: Whiteboard App Explain Everything

Explain Everything is a mobile whiteboard app with an infinite blank canvas. With this app, you can:

  • Add photos, videos, and other documents.
  • Draw and annotate.
  • Walk around the classroom interacting with students and explaining materials visually from wherever you are by projecting your iPad wirelessly.
  • Record your voice as well as everything you write on the iPad and share it with your students after the class.

There are a few faculty members who have been using this app. You can watch the presentation Associate Professor of Classics, Bret Mulligan made at the last IITS Teaching with Technology Forum and learn how he has been using that app in his classroom.