Practice what you Teach: UDL & Communities of Practice in Adult Education
How designing an online adult ed course using #UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles not only helped make the class more inclusive and accessible to learners with minimal digital literacies, but also made it far more social and participatory. The story of a 3 year journey towards a Community of Practice model for online adult learning.
Built in MORE
Reframed rubrics so learners could
produce artifacts that made sense
for their fields of work
(including a gang sign tattoo .ppt from an officer
And encouraged learners to get
outside their comfort zones WITH me
These were the UDL
adaptations I tried to make in
my own practice and
But they ended up having an
The increased choice in forms of
engagement and application –
in a course that centered
ON engagement and
application – made for far
stronger social learning.
We got closer to a community of
Learners also built digital
literacies, not just with platforms
but with participatory practice
While doing good adult learning,
as learners AND teachers.
The 2017 course was a
bigger learning curve
for me & for students
than 2015 or 2016.
Success required going
deep, & the option to
adjust or re-do work was
key for some.
But learners engaged in
social & adult learning,
& built professional ties.https://www.flickr.com/photos/hinkelstone/2765597758/
Learning can no longer be divided into a place &
time to acquire knowledge (school)
and a place & time to apply the knowledge
acquired (the workplace).
Learning is something that takes place on an
ongoing basis in our daily interactions with others
and with the world around us.
#UDL helped me open a
Pandora’s Box of powerful growth
& adaptive change