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What All Online Teachers Ought to Know About Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Simple Steps to UDL Greatness!

#Twitter: 
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Presenter(s)
Tina Rettler-Pagel (Madison College, USA)
Nancy Woodward (Madison College, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 1:30pm
Track: 
Student Services and Learner Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Americas Seminar
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 7
Abstract

Explore core principles and simple steps of Universal Design to move your course from "good" to "great"!

Extended Abstract

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not just about accommodating people with disabilities. UDL offers a framework to improve and enhance the teaching and learning experience for all people. Considered a design approach for all, rather than just a few, UDL can mean the difference between "engaged and supported" to "left on the fringe to figure it out".

For some faculty who are aware of UDL, designing and reflecting UDL principles is easy and obvious. For others who haven't been exposed to UDL, designing and accounting for UDL may be a daunting, painstaking, and confusing undertaking.
This session will share key ideas and elements about UDL that removes the "daunting, painstaking, and confusing" to easily and efficiently infusing UDL into an online course.

Session attendees will focus on a spectrum of UDL options, offering several possibilities and strategies that all in the end improve and enhance the online course experience for all learners. In fact, armed with the knowledge of basic UDL principles, some faculty and course designers will likely find bits of "low hanging fruit", such as addressing font colors, which are easy to tackle immediately as they move towards UDL greatness in their online courses.

This session will explore core UDL principles, focusing on the following:
Three core principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL):
- Faculty can offer various ways to REPRESENT essential course concepts in multiple formats and media
o REPRESENTATION refers to how you design and deliver information to your class.
- Faculty can offer various ways to ENGAGE students' interest and motivation
o ENGAGEMENT refers to how students participate in your class.
- Faculty can offer students various formats for EXPRESSION of what they have learned
o EXPRESSION refers to how you ask students to demonstrate what they have learned, including multiple pathways for students to demonstrate knowledge of material

Within each core principle, attendees will discover and share ways that UDL can be infused into an online course.

Attendees will be engaged in the session through partner sharing, as well as by suggesting ideas and strategies to a back channel tool. They will submit via paper OR a Google form, their "commitment" to at least five UDL practices, strategies, or ideas to infuse UDL into their own courses. Finally, attendees will contribute to a collaborative document that can be used outside of the session for future ideas, strategies, and best practices.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able toÉ
1. Explain important elements of UDL.
2. Discuss strategies used to address UDL.
3. Identify at least five ways to easily infuse UDL into an online course.

Lead Presenter

Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member at Madison College, and teaches supervisory management and leadership classes in the online format, as well as works in the college's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). In this role, she helps to develop and support faculty in teaching in online, hybrid, accelerated, active learning, and flipped formats. She has been teaching online for 12 years and is always open to finding and using new ideas, strategies, and tools. For more on the presentations Tina has done in the past, view this site: https://sites.google.com/site/techtoolexpress/
Join Tina on Twitter at @TinaRPagel or via her Scoop.IT page at: http://www.scoop.it/t/faculty-development-and-support