Implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Today’s Classrooms (PLN41B)

$1850 usd
Mon Sep 20, 10:00 AM - Fri Dec 17, 2:00 PM (EDT)
Online  

This course will introduce the key concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and give you the knowledge you need to start using UDL in your lesson and assessment design both in the classroom and online (which is our new normal!). Whether you teach students, adult learners, or in higher education, the principles of UDL will support the development of learning experiences that allow all learners to access high-quality teaching and learning that is empowering, innovative, culturally sustaining, and linguistically appropriate. Whether you teach face-to-face, in a hybrid environment, or remotely, proactively identifying barriers and eliminating them through design will help to create more equitable learning environments for all learners, regardless of variability. Each module will include a variety of resources to increase options for representation and increase engagement throughout the course. Additionally, there will be numerous options for action and expression so all course assignments are relevant, authentic, meaningful.

This course will introduce the key concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and give you the knowledge you need to start using UDL in your lesson and assessment design both in the classroom and online (which is our new normal!). Whether you teach students, adult learners, or in higher education, the principles of UDL will support the development of learning experiences that allow all learners to access high-quality teaching and learning that is empowering, innovative, culturally sustaining, and linguistically appropriate. Whether you teach face-to-face, in a hybrid environment, or remotely, proactively identifying barriers and eliminating them through design will help to create more equitable learning environments for all learners, regardless of variability. Each module will include a variety of resources to increase options for representation and increase engagement throughout the course. Additionally, there will be numerous options for action and expression so all course assignments are relevant, authentic, meaningful.

The Four Lenses of Learning framework reflects a comprehensive perspective on language, literacy, and learning. These lenses identify teaching and learning as:

Meaning-centered - Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is focused on activating the affective network of the brain - which seeks meaning and engagement. A consistent focus of this course is helping participants take evidence-based strategies and connect them to the design and delivery of meaningful, empowering teaching and learning.

Social - In Universal Design for Learning (UDL), it is critical to foster collaboration and community to build engagement. The power of social relationships, both in-person and online are critical pillars for building effective learning communities.

Language-based - we learn through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course offers numerous opportunities for rich literacy experiences as participants grow as expert learners and consistently engage in the five reading, writing, talking processes.

Human - at the core of leading and learning are relationships. This course will focus on making meaningful connections among leaders, educators, and the communities they serve to ensure that all learning experiences create equal opportunities for learners to meet rigorous goals, create personalized learning experiences, and embody the Innovator’s Mindset.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, participants will:

Understand how each of the characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset can be fostered through the implementation of Universal Design for Learning.

Learn why UDL is important and leads to more equitable learning environments

Understand what UDL is and how to apply the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints to teaching practice both in face-to-face session and through online learning

Design learning experiences that foster expert learning and innovation using UDL best practices

George Couros

Katie Novak

UDL Expert, President, & Instructor
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