e-Learning for Educators
|Universal Design for Learning (UDL)/Special Students in Regular Classrooms for Inactive Educators|
This course provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and strategies for implementing a UDL approach in instructional settings. Universal Design for Learning is an approach to teaching and learning and the development of curriculum and assessment that draws on current brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual differences. This course is designed to acquaint participants with UDL principles and provide practical, hands-on experience using software tools and digital media for learning support.
By the end of this course, participants will:
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.
This professional development course is designed for currently employed K-12 teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files.
Microsoft Word is required in order to read, edit and/or create documents for this course. If you have a WVDE k12.wv.us email account, you have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, etc. as part of Microsoft Office 365. You should see your school/county technology support person if you need help in using/installing Word and/or other Office applications.
If you do not have a k12.wv.us email account, Word must be acquired through other means. One way to get access to Word Online at no charge is by Creating a Microsoft Outlook Account with Access to FREE Office Online.
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into an Orientation Session and six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.
Session One: This session is designed to help participants begin to understand the Universal Design for Learning process. The readings deal with the basic elements of UDL. The readings will also give background and historical information leading to the formation of this learning process. During the activities, participants will view a video and get a chance to explore interactive sites dealing with UDL. Then participants will reflect on how all this could apply to their their future classroom as they complete the session project.
Session Four: This session focuses on multiple means of expression and universal assessments. Sometimes the assessments we use assess much more than we intend. An assessment may not show us an accurate picture of what a student knows because of how that knowledge is assessed. In this session, you will explore many resources that can be used to reduce student barriers and will learn how providing alternate methods of expression and assessment can be beneficial to students. You will create a project that allows for student choice and a variety of ways for students to share their knowledge of a topic. A rubric will be created to accompany the project you create.
Session Five: Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction share some similarities but have many notable differences as well. Educators must make informed decisions as to which practice will assist them in educating their students.
Session Six: This session gives you the opportunity to synthesize all of the information which has been offered concerning the strategies that incorporate UDL concepts. Providing for all of the different learning challenges presented by students who require specially designed instruction, as well as students who could just use some of the supports provided in a UDL setting may seem like a daunting task. The readings and activities in this session give you expert advice on how to manage your classroom to support all learners. Included in the optional readings are tips for setting up the UDL classroom. The Session Project gives you a chance to think about students with special needs and how you can use the three principles of UDL to create a learning activity that meets each student's unique needs.
Each session includes readings, activities, and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete weekly. This is a three-hour graduate level course and will require 45 hours to successfully complete the tasks. Participants should plan to spend 6.5 - 7 hours weekly to read assignments, complete activities including and participate actively in the weekly discussions.
Orientation Quiz: During the Orientation Session, participants are expected to complete the Orientation Quiz. The quiz may be completed as many times as necessary to score at least a 90% accuracy.
Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.
Discussion Forum: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.
Read the Discussion Guidelines and the Checklist for Evaluating Discussion Postings. Your facilitator will follow these guidelines and the checklist when evaluating successful participation in the course Discussions. You will also be asked to peer review other participants' projects in the Discussions during Sessions One-Six, using the peer-review rubrics. The Rubric Review Help Guide
Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.
Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Universal Design for Learning, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Graduate Credit Information
Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.
Content and Technology Standards
This course, Universal Design for Learning, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (https://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf). For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org.
In addition, participants may reference specific WV Standards (http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies) as they engage in course content.
About this Course
This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us)
Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. All rights reserved.