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Tips for Getting Your Colleagues to Adopt Universal Design for Learning

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When most people in higher education hear the phrase “universal design for learning," they think about students with physical disabilities and the accommodations we provide to them in order to help them meet course outcomes.

To help make educational materials and practices inclusive for all learners, this interactive webinar session radically reflects on how faculty members and course designers can adopt Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Presented by Thomas Tobin, author and speaker on quality in distance education, this session will help broaden the focus of UDL beyond learners with disabilities and toward a larger ease-of-use/general inclusion framework.

This presentation will cover:

How accommodations and UDL are very different
What you can do today, within a week, and within a month to reach out to your biggest segment of learners—people on their mobile devices
How you can incorporate UDL elements into your courses
How you can design and retrofit existing course components using UDL principles
How to implement UDL across campus to increase persistence, retention, and satisfaction for all learners

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Tips for Getting Your Colleagues to Adopt Universal Design for Learning

  1. 1. Tips for Getting Your Colleagues to Adopt Universal Design for Learning Dr. Thomas Tobin PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT Author and speaker on quality in distance education www.3playmedia.com twitter: @3playmedia live tweet: #a11y  Type questions in the control panel during the presentation  This presentation is being recorded and will be available for replay  To view live captions, please follow the link in the chat window Patrick Loftus (Moderator) Marketing Assistant 3Play Media patrick@3playmedia.com
  2. 2. WARNING!This presentation contains PowerPoint. Slides may contain more than 7 lines of text, with more than 7 words per line. Images displayed may or may not pertain directly to whatever is being said. Persons under the age of 14 and those with heart conditions must keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times. In case of a water landing or boredom, remember that the nearest exit may be behind you. Aisle lights will illuminate to indicate when it is safe to remove the pizza from the microwave. Contents are extremely hot. Seek immediate medical advice if you experience Universal Design for Learning knowledge lasting more than four hours. Use caution when applying these UDL principles at your own institution.
  3. 3. Tips for Getting Your Colleagues to Adopt Universal Design for Learning Thomas J. Tobin Author & speaker on quality in distance education
  4. 4. Think of how your colleagues often respond when they hear “universal design for learning.” What words, phrases, or feelings come to mind? Key one thing in the Questions window.
  5. 5. Image ©1977 LucasFilm, used with permission from starwarsscreencaps.com [Han Solo: I got a bad feeling about this!]
  6. 6. Image ©1977 LucasFilm, used with permission from starwarsscreencaps.com [Obi-Wan Kenobi: Luke, trust your feelings.]
  7. 7. Image ©1980 LucasFilm, used with permission from starwarsscreencaps.com [Darth Vader: Release your anger!]
  8. 8. Image ©1980 LucasFilm, used with permission from starwarsscreencaps.com [Yoda: No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.]
  9. 9. Meet Reed Moore-Büx
  10. 10. Reed teaches detective fiction
  11. 11. What Reed wants his students to do
  12. 12. What his students actually do
  13. 13. Reed is recasting his course for mobile learners
  14. 14. Reed’s always-on course nightmare
  15. 15. Help Reed connect to his students who are on mobile devices. What one strategy could he adopt to supplement—or even replace— his face-to-face teaching? Share your ideas in the Questions window.
  16. 16. Let’s Help Reed Universal Design for Learning = +1 ... … learner engagement … representing info … action choices
  17. 17. Wait a second...
  18. 18. UDL = access (no matter why)
  19. 19. “We want a situation that is good for everybody . . . part of it is thinking about what has to happen at the level of design that makes accommodation less necessary.” -- Sam Johnston, CAST
  20. 20. UDL? Yeah, We Got That. Image ©2007 BLH Photography. Used under CC BY licenses from Flickr.com
  21. 21. Reed’s Video
  22. 22. Five strategies for UDL
  23. 23. Strategy 1: start with text.
  24. 24. Strategy 2: make alternatives.
  25. 25. Strategy 3: let ‘em do it their way. = =
  26. 26. Strategy 4: go step by step.
  27. 27. Strategy 5: set content free.
  28. 28. Checking in with Reed
  29. 29. 1.Start new design processes with text. 2.Create alternatives for all multimedia. 3.Design alternate ways for learners to demonstrate each course objective. 4.Break up tasks into separate components. 5.Expand, document, and share interactions in online courses using free or low-cost tools.
  30. 30. 3 Radical Shifts = Campus UDL Buy-In 1. Shift conversations away from disability, toward access & tech. 2. Shift to a “plus 1” UDL mindset. 3. Shift away from training faculty, toward support staff & admins.
  31. 31. Image ©1980 LucasFilm, used with permission from starwarsscreencaps.com [Yoda: No more training you require. Already know you that which you need.]
  32. 32. The need to make changes is not always this obvious. Image ©2014 Thomas J. Tobin
  33. 33. Image ©2014 Thomas J. Tobin
  34. 34. Take-Aways Image © 2007 Scott J. Waldron, used under CC-BY license from Flickr.com
  35. 35. Academic integrity Accessibility & UDL Copyright & intellectual property Evaluation of teaching practices thomasjtobin.com
  36. 36. Dr. Thomas Tobin PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT Author and speaker on quality in distance education Patrick Loftus Marketing Assistant 3Play Media patrick@3playmedia.com Q&A Register for upcoming webinars at: http://www.3playmedia.com/webinars/ Upcoming Webinars  Feb 2: A Centralized Approach to EIT Accessibility  Feb 9: The State of Captioning in Higher Ed  Feb 16: Accessibility at Blackboard  Feb 23: Best Practices for Accessible Lecture Videos live tweet: #a11y @3playmedia Please type your questions into the window in your control panel. A recording of this webinar will be available for replay.

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