The Value of Blended Formats…

Instruction combining online and face-to-face elements had a larger advantage relative
to purely face-to-face instruction than did purely online instruction.

This quote comes from a U.S. Department of Education document (cited below). I discovered this article and other great resources while in the BlendKit 2014 MOOC offered by EDUCAUSE and UCF.



U.S. Department of Education. (2010). Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, Washington, D.C. Retrieved from

Academic Technology Group Retreat: QR Codes for an added dimension of accessibility…

Quick Response (QR) codes have the potential to promote accessibility by allowing people with SmartPhones or camera-equipped cellphones to easily access the HTML content you point them to. Free Web-based QR generators are widely available on the Web, and it is an easy matter to create barcodes that you encode with a Web address and post on presentations, documents, posters, and more.

If you have a SmartPhone or a cell phone with a camera, download a barcode reader app (ScanLife or Neo both work for iPhone or iPad) and then scan the code posted below. People without the needed equipment can click here to visit the URL that I’ve encoded into the QR code posted below. Imagine the QR code’s effectiveness when posted at an on-site display, building tour, publication, business cards, menus, or a handout or slide from your f2f presentation.

Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard World

July 11 – July 14, 2011 marks the Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard World Conferences in Las Vegas!

Welcome, and please use this site to obtain access to our presentation:

Wimba: Strategies for Supporting Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Please also see the links at right to find relevant links to the CAST website, UDL guidelines, and instructions for adding captions to the Wimba sessions you convert to YouTube videos!

Welcome 21st Century Teaching & Learning Conference Attendees!

This blog supplements our breakout session

Success for All: Promoting student achievement through technology

Presented on Tuesday, June 28th from 1-2pm at The College of St. Scholastica by:

Jane Sullivan, classroom teacher at Lowell Elementary School in Duluth, MN

Sheila Nyback, math teacher at East High School in Duluth, MN

Sarah Bryans Bongey, Academic Technology Coordinator at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN

The session will feature teachers and coordinators sharing ways technology can be used to extend the classroom and boost student achievement among the full range of learners.

Presenters will explore the use of SMARTBoards and classroom clickers, and describe how a learning managment system like Blackboard can:

  1. become the basis for extending the spatial and temporal confines of the classroom learning environment and
  2. provide an organized and digital venue for supporting and engaging students.

Following up….

Thanks again to those who attended yesterday’s session at CSUN.

Some people  had questions that I promised to look into, including:

What are some resources relating to the use of UDL in developing programs for Third-World countries?

I did find these links, and invite others to post suggestions as well:


Increasing Resources for Developing Countries (again, a UNESCO site)

Explorations and discoveries with Universal Design for Learning (UDL): The research continues

It’s great to be here in San Diego, and it has already been inspiring to attend the opening keynote and festivities of this 26th annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference.

I’m looking forward to the days ahead.

The resources on this website are here to supplement and expand my conference presentation on UDL held on March 16th from 8:00 – 9:00 am in Cunningham C. The presentation centered on the implementation and research of UDL on the postsecondary level. However, the resources here – UDL guidelines, checklist, accessibility links, etc. – are relevant to all.

Thanks for attending the session, and please use the email link on this site if you’d like to continue the dialog on Universal Design for Learning.

Sarah Bryans Bongey

CUSN Conference in San Diego!

CUSN Conference on Disability and Technology is coming soon!

Next week, from March 14th to March 19th, 2011, an exciting conference will bring together a wide range of practitioners who specialize in assistive and instructional technologies.

Please check back for updates and additional resources relating to this event!

Meanwhile, the direct link to additional conference information is available at CUSN.

If you’re interested in learning more about UDL, please visit the CAST website using the links on this site.


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