Thomas J. Tobin

Learning design, development and innovation
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Thomas J. Tobin is the Program Area Director for Distance Teaching and Learning on the Learning Design, Development, and Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Tom is an internationally recognised speaker and author on quality in technology-mediated education, especially copyright, evaluation of teaching practice, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning (UDL).

Tom holds a Ph.D. in English literature, a second master’s degree in information science, a professional project management certification, a master online teacher certification, Quality Matters certification, and recently completed his Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification.

Named in Ed Tech Magazine’s 2020 “Dean’s List” of Educational Technology Influencers, Tom serves on the editorial boards of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.

His books include:

Develop your teaching with Thomas J. Tobin
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Taking Action for Inclusive Design
by Thomas J. Tobin

The goal of this course is to help you to scale up your organizational inclusive-design efforts beyond relying on the good will and initiative of individual instructors, designers, and administrators.

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Tech Tools and How to Use Them Inclusively
by Thomas J. Tobin

In this course, you will learn how to select a core group of technology tools by performing a function-based audit of the various tools you already use.

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Addressing Technology-Access Barriers to Online Learning
by Thomas J. Tobin
The goal of this learning path is to help you to create a technology environment that supports faculty members, support staff, and campus leaders in moving beyond narrowly-defined inclusive-design practices.
Learning path
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Shifting from Systems to Interactions with UDL
by Thomas J. Tobin

Learn what Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is and practice how to use its principles to address access gaps across the various technology tools and systems.