UDL Everywhere Always

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Scheduled at 10:00am in Virtual B on Thursday, November 12.

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Speaker(s)

  • Christa Miller, Director of Inclusive Media Design, Virginia Tech

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference

Summary

As Universal Design for Learning (UDL) grows in popularity throughout education, it is worth considering its application to all learning opportunities. For example, UDL allowed Virginia Tech to improve their Certified Accessibility Professionals Grant program. Participants will explore where UDL can support learning opportunities for them.

Abstract

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has made headway in adoption by Higher Education. However, the majority of implementation initiatives, training opportunities, and case studies relate exclusively to UDL adoption by teaching faculty. While this is critical to the success of accessibility improvements, UDL researchers and practitioners agree that UDL applies to all learning. Be it one-on-one, in small groups, or large groups, UDL has the power to improve our communication and improve the reception of our message.   Putting UDL everywhere always has greatly improved the cohort based Certified Accessibility Professionals Grant at Virginia Tech. What started as a didactic training program has improved dramatically through a UDL approach to professional development. In particular, the number of new applicants and new allies has increased since 2018. In this interactive session, participants will explore how to apply UDL to learning opportunities at their institution.

Keypoints

  1. The UDL framework applies to learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom.
  2. UDL increases participant engagement and impact of professional development.
  3. Use a scaffolded approach to implementing UDL to non-traditional classroom learning.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Christa Miller

What began as a mission to build a better talking clock has become a calling to increase access to students with disabilities. With 14 years of experience in assistive technologies, accessible educational materials and higher education, Christa Miller has a broad background in the opportunities and barriers that technology creates for students. She first became interested in assistive technologies (AT) while earning her BS in Electrical Engineering. Her passion for accessible technology and universal design then led her to pursue her MS in Industrial Systems Engineering, concentrating in Human Factors. Notable among her roles for Accessible Technologies from 2006 to 2020, was the lead Braille Transcriber for Braille Services. Her unique knowledge of the tools and technologies needed to produce Braille for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses has led her to consult with disability service providers from many other post-secondary institutions and share that knowledge at national conferences. In her current role, Mrs. Miller enjoys leading many professional development programs aimed at providing teaching faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to create inclusive learning environments. Between 2006 and 2018, Christa has worked in many roles for Assistive Technologies, part of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS). Notable among these was as the lead Braille Transcriber for Braille Services. Her unique knowledge of the tools and technologies needed to produce Braille for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses has led her to consult with disability service providers from many other post-secondary institutions and share that knowledge at national conferences.

In her current role, Christa has enjoyed co-leading a many professional development programs aimed at providing teaching faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to create inclusive learning environments.

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