Preparing your Submission


The Call for Submissions is now closed.  Please note however that the Organizing Committee is accepting proposals from presenters within the Student Stream right up to the date of the Conference.

Conference Flavour and Objectives

The intention of the conference is to create an opportunity for practitioners from different sectors, from across the country and overseas, to come together, exchange on UDL practices and to share their vision for the future.  The Conference also hopes to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue and to offer participants a multi-faceted overview of current Canadian initiative.

To this end, the conference will offer, not just K-12 and post-secondary streams, but also a stream for Student Services and Student Affairs professionals, a stream specifically for Instructional Designers, and a stream showcasing the learner voice. The Conference Organizers also hope to attract UDL practitioners from overseas in order to allow for an emerging International dialogue on UDL implementation and research.

The theme of the conference also seeks to create a bridge between the UDL discourse and the User Experience (UX) literature, and welcomes participants from the community at large.   

The conference welcomes submissions in both French and English.  Sessions in both languages will appear on the program but it is important to note that interpretations services will not be available.    

Streams and Themes

There are five distinct streams within the Conference and presenters should select what stream is most suitable for their proposed topic.  Below appears a list of possible themes within each stream.  

Stream 1: K-12 – Teachers and leaders

Innovative UDL classroom practices

Exploring student perspectives

UDL reflection on assessment

Introducing and promoting UDL within a school

Creating communities of practice around UDL

Stream 2: Post-secondary – Instructors and researchers

The learner voice and the user experience in Higher Ed

UDL and the transformation of the lecture format

Technology and its impact on the user experience in Higher Ed

Exploring the student perspective to inject UDL into assessment formats

Negotiating entry requirements of professional bodies within a UDL landscape in Higher Ed

Stream 3: Instructional designers – Within Higher Ed or working in the private sector

Promoting the notion of UX amongst faculty

Supporting UDL implementation in Higher Ed

Between the learner experience and the instructor practices: at the juncture of two perspectives

Matching technology and learner expectations

Collaborative instructor – designer teams reframing conventional Higher Ed pedagogy

Stream 4: Student Services and Student Affairs – Accessibility Services but also all units

UDL and the reshaping of Accessibility Services

Recording and nurturing the learner experience within Student Services

UDL beyond the classroom: impact of the notion of UX in Student Services

The reshaping of librarian’s roles in a UDL landscape

Creating multidisciplinary campus teams towards UDL implementation

Stream 5: Students

Student advocacy as vital component in UDL implementation

Student initiatives in action research around UDL implementation

Global learner voices on UDL

UX in the classroom: involving learners

Relevance of UDL for International Students, First Generation Undergraduates, Indigenous Students and emerging diverse voices in Higher Education


There will be two types of sessions available within the program:

TED Style Presentation

This will be 15 minutes presentations followed by 10 minutes for questions.  The style of the presentations will align themselves with what has come to be known as “TED Styles”; these sessions will be highly engaging, fast paced, accessible and will synthesize information for easy ownership and exploration.  This is a presentation format which will be highly suitable for innovative and promising practices, case studies, advocacy pieces, work in progress and     

Full Paper Presentation

Full Paper Presentations will be allocated 50 minutes each (40 minute for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions). They will be an opportunity for a more in-depth discussions around projects and initiatives that are of wider scope, fully deployed or completed.  

We encourage all presenters to model UDL within their presentations and to give due considerations to all three UDL principles as they format and prepare their sessions.  All material used in the presentations will need to be submitted to the Conference Organizing Committee by May 24th so that it may be uploaded to the website.  

Please note that the Conference Organizing Committee welcomes multi-author presentations that are partially virtual, but will require one of the authors at least to be registered and present at the conference.  Technical support will be available to allow further presenters to join a session virtually.   

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they progressively come in.  The abstracts will be independently double peer reviewed and decisions will be emailed to authors as soon as they are received from the reviewers.  The closing date for submission of proposals is April 15th and no late submissions will be considered.  Submissions can be submitted in either French or English and reviewers are available in both languages.   

Conference Proceedings

All presenters will be invited to submit a full written version of their article for inclusion in Conference Proceedings which will be produced and edited during summer 2017.  There will be two formats for submission: Practice Brief (2000 words) and Full Article (4000-5000 words).  The submissions will be double peer reviewed before final acceptance.  

Overview of Information Requested in the Submission Form

The Submission Form requires the author to produce the following information.  Please have these details ready when submitting:

  • Name, affiliation and contact details
  • Title of the presentation (15 words max)
  • Brief abstract (100 words max)
  • Long abstract (500 words max)
  • Selected stream
  • Theme or themes (please select from the ones listed or add)
  • Selected presentation format
  • Target audience (general public/ specific audience/ seasoned UDL practitioner)
  • Technological requirements
  • Other requirements

Important Dates

January 25th – The Call for Submissions opens

February-March – A rolling review of Submissions will take place and authors/ presenters will be notified as soon as a decision is reached

March 1st – Early Bird registration for the Conference opens

April 15th – The Call for Submission closes. Update: the Call for Submission extended until May 1st.

April 15th – Early Bird registration for the Conference closes

April 15th – Authors must have registered for the Conference in order to be included in the Program

May 1st – Call for Submission closes (updated)

May 15th – Final version of short abstracts are required from presenters in order to appear in the program.

May 24th – All presentation material is submitted to the Organizing Committee and uploaded to the Conference website

Contact Details

Proposals should be submitted using this form:

For all enquiries regarding the Call for Submissions, please contact Frederic Fovet at