“When we have a classroom that’s built around one specific way of teaching and we’re leaving people out.“
Over the past several weeks we have covered topics around best practices of including engaging discussions, offering thoughtful feedback, and assessment ideas, to name a few. We touched upon the incorporation and future of AI in higher education and how students are using it in conjunction with their coursework. This week we would like to focus on the significance of creating assessable learning for your students, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and skim the surface of accessibility.
We encourage you to think about the students in your courses, what questions they ask, and what information they share or do not share with you. As you read and listen to the resources provided, reflect on your materials and if they meet the varied needs of the students in your courses. Review some of the resources from prior weeks with a lens of accessibility and connect it back to your course planning, maybe your design will change to be more inclusive.
-The ID Team
CITS | Instructional Development
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a crucial concept for higher education courses that’s all about creating inclusive and effective learning experiences for students. On campuses all across the world, students have diverse backgrounds, needs, and learning styles. UDL is a set of guiding principles that ensures everyone can thrive in a course regardless of mode. It’s not just an educational term; it’s a recipe for success. UDL helps educators design courses that cater to various learning strengths, weaknesses, and abilities, making learning more engaging and accessible. In summary, UDL plays a pivotal role in higher education, because it’s the key to making sure all students have the opportunity to succeed.
In this edition learn how:
- UDL principals can inspire and strengthen course design.
- To craft assessments using UDL principles.
Our goal for you is to:
- Support the students in your courses.
- Design engaging content for all learners.
Find out how the UDL framework guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs.
|Removing Learning Barriers with UDL||Toward More Equitable Assessment|
|Jennifer Pusateri discusses Removing Learning Barriers with Universal Design for Learning (UDL).||Erin Whitteck and Douglas Fritz share efforts toward more equitable assessment.|
- How Can I Make My Content Accessible?
- Visit our Universal Design for Learning website.
- What is Team-Based Learning?
- How Does ‘Flipping’ Work?
- Engage with Kahoot!
- Midterms on your Mind? Updating your grade center for students.
- 10/19 – Excel Charts
- 10/24 – Introduction to InDesign, Part 1
- 10/25 – Getting Started in Qualtrics
- 10/26 – Excel Pivot Tables
- 10/31 – Introduction to InDesign, Part 2
- ⭐️Save the Date – Annual New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference
- Check out our other self-paced offerings!
Instructional Development works with faculty to…
- Explore, design, and experiment with different teaching and learning modes.
- Research and integrate technologies that can enhance teaching and learning.
- Design and develop online courses and programs.
- Write learning outcomes, design assessments, craft activities, and develop content.
- Utilize best practices for using instructional technologies.
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