Universal Design for Learning: Planning for Learner Variability

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Speaker(s)

  • Bryan Saums, Instructional Design Specialist, Volunteer State Community College
  • Star Boe, Instructional Design Specialist, Volunteer State Community College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Universal Design for Learning is a great platform to engage faculty in big ideas like “reaching all learners” while connecting them to practical considerations like accessible text & captioned videos. This interactive session will define Universal Design for Learning, introduce the three principles of UDL, & discuss ways to incorporate UDL into instruction.

Abstract

Designing for learner variability is where educational theory meets educational practice. Designing courses that embrace learner variability is exciting for faculty and creates engaging courses for students. Universal Design for Learning’s emphasis on designing for variability is a great platform to engage faculty in big philosophical ideas like “reaching all learners” while connecting them to practical and technical considerations like accessible text and captioned videos. This workshop will define Universal Design for Learning, introduce the three principles of UDL, and discuss ways to incorporate UDL into instruction. Participants will identify one UDL learner goal they would like to reinforce in their instruction. Small groups will be formed around the three goals of UDL (Purposeful & Motivated, Resourceful & Knowledgeable, and Strategic & Goal-Directed). Beginning with a list of some implementation ideas, groups will brainstorm and generate specific ideas to improve instruction.

Keypoints

  1. Courses designed for learner variability excite faculty and engage students.
  2. UDL engages faculty in pedagogy and connects them to practicalities like accessible text & captioned videos.
  3. Using UDL to plan for learner variability helps generate ideas to improve new or existing instruction.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Bryan Saums

Bryan Saums is passionate about helping students, faculty, and staff succeed in the community college setting. He holds two master’s degrees, plus a certification in geographic information systems (GIS), and a master’s certification in instructional design. Bryan designed and delivered his first distance learning course in 2002. In addition to his instructional design work in higher education, he has designed education programs in government and the nonprofit sector. While Bryan has never been arrested for disturbing the peace, he plays banjo so the possibility is always open.

Star Boe

Star Boe is a transplant from the north (burr) to the south (ahhh). She has worked in education for almost 20 years. Her varied positions include Hot Lunch Lady, Receptionist, Development Secretary, Media Specialist, Test Proctor, Adaptive Technology Specialist and, most recently, Instructional Designer. Star recently completed her Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Memphis. She loves working in a field where people are intentionally trying to become better people.