Key Takeaway: Learn dozens of practical activities and strategies to implement Universal Learning Design in a college course to increase student access, engagement, and academic success.
Challenge: Classrooms can contain unseen barriers to learning for many students. The classroom instructor is on the front line for increasing student achievement and persistence rather than expecting campus learning centers and tutors to carry the major responsibility.
Overview: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a learning approach that enhances the ability of all students to access and use course content and materials while limiting the need for special accommodations for those students who have disabilities. The result is a better learning environment for all students, increased classroom inclusion of students with disabilities, increased interaction between students with and without disabilities and reduced work for the instructor. Rather than focusing on modifying instructional approaches on a case by case basis, UDL encourages instructors to concentrate on the development of instructional strategies that most students can use to gain knowledge and skills related to the specific content areas. In other words, UDL ensures accessibility as an integral part of learning and accessibility benefits multiple students in multiple ways.
UDL asks the instructor to consider answers to the following questions: What are the essential components of their course? What are the outcomes (skills, knowledge, and attitudes) that all students must demonstrate in the course? How can these outcomes be evaluated with or without accommodations in a nondiscriminatory manner? How do traditional assessment methods advantage some students and disadvantage other students? What accommodations for some students benefit all students?
- Acquire a basic understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
- Understand how UDL can be applied to any learning environment
- Review case studies of UDL use in academic content courses
- Identify UDL activities and approaches to use in your class
- Discover campus and community resources to help you implement UDL
- Develop an action plan to apply UDL to your class in the next six months
When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Venue: Library 105
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Diversity Initiatives
Facilitated by: Sherry Chandler
Register: Register Here