This session will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at noon.
Univeral Design for Learning is an approach to give students mutiple means for engagement, representation, action, and expression. Encapsulating such a diverse range within your course will help students interact however they feel compelled to.
There are easy ways to start adding diversity and flexibility to your classes that we will outline in this session. Come join Adrian and Duncan this Friday to understand and discuss some ways to improve student engagement.
To register for the series, please visit https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5cscumsqDwrG9OI5NHXco_FeqnmI0pzdWM1
Easy ways to add multiple means for representation:
Adding a new mean for content representation can be to simply provide a new source of information. A new content source that can provide the same learning objective.
- Scholarly materials found in the Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR)
- Kaltura to upload your own video materials (always backup your content elsewhere)
- Embed videos where possible to improve the user experience
- Find reliable sources
- Reliable sources will remain online in the long term
- Utilize open platforms such as podcasts
- Ensure content is accessible and not behind a paywall or subscription
- Diversity of your sources
- View your content sources through the lens of diversity
- Ask yourself:
- Do your sources provide a suitable level of diversity?
- Are there any groups or peoples un- or mis-represented?
- Copyright considerations
- Fair dealings for copyrighted materials
- Content can have man different licensing requirements and it must be checked. Here are websites that usually offer the following requirements:
Brainstorm: Multiple means for engagement
- Linking theory and practice
- Relevant to students
- In-class applied activities
- Integrate a variety of sources
Brainstorm: Multiple means for representation
- Video lectures with written documentation
- Field trips
- Assignments that allow students to choose their focus
- Variety of assessment choices – flexible assessment
- Readings other than academic papers
- Content demonstrations or labs
- Student led learning and practice and student presentations
Brainstorm: Multiple means for action and expression
- In Zoom encourage verbal and written questions as well as hand rasising
- Different ways to contact with questions – email, discussion board, office hours, during/after class, etc.
- Allows students to submit videos or text answers to questions