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Creating Inclusive Virtual Learning Environments for Deaf Students

Total Credits: 0.1 CEUs

Lore Kinast |  Stephanie Zito
1 hour



The pandemic brought about a mandatory shift to online and virtual activities. Many entities were not prepared, nor did they have experience providing quality and equitable access services. The learning curve was steep for many.

When teaching online, instructors have an important role in supporting and ensuring the success of students—especially deaf students. There are many factors that should be taken into consideration to ensure that deaf students have an equitable experience with their classmates. This webinar offers tips to take into consideration when designing online courses and virtual campus activities. Participants learn how to integrate accommodations into virtual learning environments as well as inclusive student engagement practices to help reduce or remove barriers.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for every situation, yet quality assurance measures need to be in place to ensure that all students can access information equally with their peers. Accommodations are only part of creating an accessible virtual engagement. The National Deaf Center also shares general strategies for hosting effective online engagement that can be integrated with advance planning.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe at least two features of accessible virtual learning environments.
  2. Construct at least one learning activity that increases deaf students’ ability to engage and interact equitably with peers and faculty.
  3. Formulate two to three universal design or inclusive practices for creating equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Learners will have the option to earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate with CEUs upon completion of the webinar. To earn a certificate with CEUs, the learner must successfully pass the learning assessment with a score of 80% or higher. All learners must complete the webinar evaluation to earn credentials. 

The duration of this webinar is one hour, which is equal to 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 


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National Deaf Center

Lore Kinast (she/her), is the director of strategic support at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. She has more than 25 years of experience addressing accessibility barriers that deaf students face in higher education settings through collaborations with stakeholders, designing accessible opportunities, and implementing systemic benchmarks. She also coordinated interpreting, captioning, and accommodations for deaf college students. Lauren received her Ed.D in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

Stephanie Zito Related seminars and products

National Deaf Center

Stephanie Zito (she/her), MS, NIC, is the lead technical assistance specialist at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. She has been a certified sign language interpreter and trained C-Print captionist for over ten years. After studying interpreting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she went on to pursue her master's degree in nonprofit management and leadership. Zito has also devoted much of her free time volunteering and consulting with local, state, and national nonprofit organizations.

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