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PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH:
UDL & COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
IN ADULT EDUCATION
Bonnie Stewart
2nd Pan-Canadian Conference on UD...
“It’s not important what we cover in
the class, it’s what you discover”
- Noam Chomsky
Adult Learning
LEARNING AS:
-  self-directed
-  goal-oriented
-  relevant
-  active
-  applied
Key premises of adult learning:
ADULTS LEARN FROM:
•  need to know
•  self-concept
•  experience
•  readiness to learn
•  ...
(kids too?)
+ Social Learning
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE:
- shared domain
- shared sense of belonging
- shared practices
#ed363, 2015
Online = people
Presence
http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/761/building-an-online-learning-community
…but how to bring it all together?
I knew I needed new tools
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/
UDL = Multiple Means
1 video, 1 reading, & encouragement
to consider UDL in designing lesson assignment
http://www.udlcent...
UDL = one tool among many
That year.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
I wasn’t (yet)
taking my
own advice.
Outcomes for #ed363 2015:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rocket2722/33907761204/
LEARNERS WERE:
- engaged
- applying ideas
...
Looking ahead, I saw
learners with low digital literacy
(& text literacy)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rooreynolds/734091...
Re/vision is HARD
But not all
change is
bad.
My 2016 version
of #ed363 =
- UDL backbone
- more inclusion
- more images &
video
	
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidthe...
Engagement
tap into learners' interests, challenge them
appropriately, and motivate them to learn
https://assistivetechnol...
Representation
offer learners a range of ways of acquiring
knowledge
Action & Expression
enable options for learners to show what they know
& are learning
https://www.mcgill.ca/osd/facultyinf...
learners could try
sketchnoting
reflections &
assignments
Evaluation was more formative
& peer-based
…and each key concept had
visual or video representation as
well as readings for learners to
engage
with
The 2016 course was a success.
But it still wasn’t what I wanted it to
be.
ALL THE TIME!
http://giphy.com/gifs/40s-chattanooga-1941-W2S0SZbeFBZK
#ed363 2017: more UDL!
No more low-hanging fruit
https://www.flickr.com/photos/samsaunders/9509786007
I wanted to fully integrate UDL with
adult & social learning
principles with a community
of practice model, all
with stude...
(ooh…she’s lying)
I tried to build a reflexive
scaffold within which
learners were asked to make
choices, identify problems &
responses, and...
Expanded visuals repertoire to
include timelines, infographics &
animations, & modeled them
Made video assignments (eep!)
Built in MORE
synchronous
sessions for
social
learning, but
encouraged
written peer
engagement
too…b/c
preferences
Reframed rubrics so learners could
produce artifacts that made sense
for their fields of work
(including a gang sign tatto...
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
approach.
But they ended up having an
unexpected consequence…
The increased choice in forms of
engagement and application –
in a course that centered
ON engagement and
application – ma...
Learners also built digital
literacies, not just with platforms
but with participatory practice
While doing good adult learning,
as learners AND teachers.
Did it work for everyone?
The 2017 course was a
bigger learning curve
for me & for students
than 2015 or 2016.
Success required going
deep, & the op...
Lifelong Learning
Learning can no longer be divided into a place &
time to acquire knowledge (school)
and a place & time t...
#UDL helped me open a
Pandora’s Box of powerful growth
& adaptive change
THANK YOU.
@bonstewart / bstewart@upei.ca
Practice what you Teach: UDL & Communities of Practice in Adult Education
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Practice what you Teach: UDL & Communities of Practice in Adult Education

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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.

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Practice what you Teach: UDL & Communities of Practice in Adult Education

  1. 1. PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH: UDL & COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE IN ADULT EDUCATION Bonnie Stewart 2nd Pan-Canadian Conference on UDL June 1st, 2017
  2. 2. “It’s not important what we cover in the class, it’s what you discover” - Noam Chomsky
  3. 3. Adult Learning LEARNING AS: -  self-directed -  goal-oriented -  relevant -  active -  applied
  4. 4. Key premises of adult learning: ADULTS LEARN FROM: •  need to know •  self-concept •  experience •  readiness to learn •  orientation to learning •  motivation
  5. 5. (kids too?)
  6. 6. + Social Learning COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: - shared domain - shared sense of belonging - shared practices
  7. 7. #ed363, 2015
  8. 8. Online = people
  9. 9. Presence http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/761/building-an-online-learning-community
  10. 10. …but how to bring it all together?
  11. 11. I knew I needed new tools https://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/
  12. 12. UDL = Multiple Means 1 video, 1 reading, & encouragement to consider UDL in designing lesson assignment http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/take_a_tour_udl
  13. 13. UDL = one tool among many
  14. 14. That year. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948
  15. 15. I wasn’t (yet) taking my own advice.
  16. 16. Outcomes for #ed363 2015: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rocket2722/33907761204/ LEARNERS WERE: - engaged - applying ideas - happy about participatory work - still relying on me - limited by text
  17. 17. Looking ahead, I saw learners with low digital literacy (& text literacy) https://www.flickr.com/photos/rooreynolds/7340911996/
  18. 18. Re/vision is HARD
  19. 19. But not all change is bad.
  20. 20. My 2016 version of #ed363 = - UDL backbone - more inclusion - more images & video https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidthepuffin
  21. 21. Engagement tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn https://assistivetechnologytidbits.wikispaces.com/About+UDL
  22. 22. Representation offer learners a range of ways of acquiring knowledge
  23. 23. Action & Expression enable options for learners to show what they know & are learning https://www.mcgill.ca/osd/facultyinfo/universal-design-faculty-research
  24. 24. learners could try sketchnoting reflections & assignments
  25. 25. Evaluation was more formative & peer-based
  26. 26. …and each key concept had visual or video representation as well as readings for learners to engage with
  27. 27. The 2016 course was a success. But it still wasn’t what I wanted it to be.
  28. 28. ALL THE TIME! http://giphy.com/gifs/40s-chattanooga-1941-W2S0SZbeFBZK #ed363 2017: more UDL!
  29. 29. No more low-hanging fruit https://www.flickr.com/photos/samsaunders/9509786007
  30. 30. I wanted to fully integrate UDL with adult & social learning principles with a community of practice model, all with students I’d NEVER meet f2f. EASY-PEASY?
  31. 31. (ooh…she’s lying)
  32. 32. I tried to build a reflexive scaffold within which learners were asked to make choices, identify problems & responses, and apply all ideas to their own work and domains of interest.
  33. 33. Expanded visuals repertoire to include timelines, infographics & animations, & modeled them
  34. 34. Made video assignments (eep!)
  35. 35. Built in MORE synchronous sessions for social learning, but encouraged written peer engagement too…b/c preferences
  36. 36. Reframed rubrics so learners could produce artifacts that made sense for their fields of work (including a gang sign tattoo .ppt from an officer training instructor) https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/4129400323
  37. 37. And encouraged learners to get outside their comfort zones WITH me
  38. 38. These were the UDL adaptations I tried to make in my own practice and approach.
  39. 39. But they ended up having an unexpected consequence…
  40. 40. 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 practice.
  41. 41. Learners also built digital literacies, not just with platforms but with participatory practice
  42. 42. While doing good adult learning, as learners AND teachers.
  43. 43. Did it work for everyone?
  44. 44. 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 thoughtful, inclusive social & adult learning, & built professional ties.https://www.flickr.com/photos/hinkelstone/2765597758/
  45. 45. Lifelong Learning 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.
  46. 46. #UDL helped me open a Pandora’s Box of powerful growth & adaptive change
  47. 47. THANK YOU. @bonstewart / bstewart@upei.ca

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