Universal Design for Learning for Inclusion and Empowerment
Listen and learn : Panel
Wednesday, December 2, 3:45–4:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Dr. Kimberly Coy Helen DeWaard Rhianon Gutierrez Mindy Johnson Dr. Luis Perez
We know that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a powerful framework for designing more effective learning experiences. But is it really more than that? Join our panel of expert practitioners and find out how UDL promotes inclusion and empowerment for all learners, including educators.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Topic:||Equity & inclusion|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Additional detail:||ISTE author presentation|
|Influencer Disclosure:||This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.|
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is becoming a more ubiquitous instructional framework for designing learning experiences that are more equitable, accessible, and inclusive. However, there is a persistent misconception in the education world that UDL is only for students with disabilities or is a separate framework to use when students are struggling. Even within the ISTE proposal submission guide, UDL and Differentiated Instruction are lumped together as though they are somehow the same concept. We want to break this unfortunate misconception and elevate the goal of the UDL framework and the UDL Guidelines — to develop expert learners. Expert learners are purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal-directed. In other words, expert learners are empowered learners. They aren't necessarily experts in particular subject areas, but are masters in learning itself. An educator's role is to not only help develop these skills in students, but to model empowerment and inclusion through becoming expert learners themselves.
Our panel of UDL experts is ready to take our participants' understanding of UDL to the next level, going beyond the UDL Guidelines to the heart of UDL. From their different contexts, they will describe and provide experience and models for how UDL promotes not only inclusion, but empowerment among all learners, educators and education leaders included.
I. (7 mins) Introduction and background on UDL
II. (7 mins) Accessibility & UDL - the basics of inclusion & empowerment
III. (7 mins) How UDL promotes inclusion and empowerment in K-12 environments
IV. (7 mins) How UDL promotes inclusion and empowerment in postsecondary environments
V. (7 mins) How UDL promotes inclusion, empowerment, and hospitality in virtual environments
VI. (10 mins) Questions and discussion
Between each section of the panel presentation, the moderator will engage the audience with interactive polling (2 mins between each presenter) and real-time backchannel discussion. Each panelist will engage with the audience before, during, and after the session to promote continued discussion and feedback.
UDL Guidelines: http://udlguidelines.cast.org
UDL at a Glance [video]: https://youtu.be/bDvKnY0g6e4
UDL & the Learning Brain: http://www.cast.org/our-work/publications/2018/udl-learning-brain-neuroscience.html
Intentionally Equitable Hospitality in Hybrid Video Dialogue: The context of virtually connecting: https://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=3331173
UDL on Campus: http://udloncampus.cast.org
Top 5 UDL Tips for Fostering Expert Learners: http://castprofessionallearning.org/project/top-5-udl-tips-for-fostering-expert-learners/
Dive Into UDL: Immersive Practices to Develop Expert Learners: https://id.iste.org/resources/product?id=4112&format=Book&name=Dive%20into%20UDL
Mindy Johnson is the Director of Digital Communication & Outreach at CAST. She is a former high school special education teacher and instructor for the Boston Museum of Science Overnight Program, providing insight into UDL implementation in informal learning environments. She is also one of the co-founders of #UDLchat on Twitter and coordinates the digital outreach activities (web and social media) for CAST. Mindy is the 2019-2020 President of ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network and was part of the Technical Working Group for the development of the 2018 refresh of the ISTE Standards for Educators.