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UDL and Assessments

Learn about types of assessments, why they are important, and creating assessments with UDL in mind.

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This website highlights UDL and Assessments as it relates to higher education. The principles of UDL are explored and described within the context of assessments in higher education. Types of assessments are described as well as how educators should assess variable learners. In addition, information on how to measure knowledge constructs, skills, and abilities with UDL in mind is also described.

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Shaunta Singer

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CAST, Inc

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May 18, 2022

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Title text: An Effective Institutional Approach to Teaching, Learning & Assessment through a Universal Design for Learning Lens

An Effective Institutional Approach to Teaching, Learning & Assessment through a Universal Design for Learning Lens

This session is supported by current research and will provide attendees with strong evidence related to the outcomes of UDL implementation. 

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This session is supported by current research and will provide attendees with strong evidence related to the outcomes of UDL implementation. We employed resources to work with and support staff across a Higher Education Institute to build greater capacity to curriculum design and teaching practices to ensure a positive student experience with robust academic standards which contributes significantly to increasing retention. Establishing a strategic UDL work plan that includes a collaborative and interdisciplinary project with key initiative activities, ensures the findings add to the theoretical discourse of how accessibility can be facilitated through UDL.

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Maureen Haran
Shelley Brady
Ellen McCabe

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January 31, 2022

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Designing for Equity and Systemic Change, Kate Blanchard, UDL-IRN April 2020

Designing for Equity and Systemic Change

Join us to for a conversation and learn more about how Teach For America has worked to embed learner variability, UDL, and our ability to dismantle ableism as it intersects with other forms of oppression in throughout our model – our teacher training, ongoing teacher support, structures for adult learners, and more. 

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How do we utilize UDL as a tool for systemic change – and in a way that deliberately addresses equity for all learners? Join us to for a conversation and learn more about how Teach For America has worked to embed learner variability, UDL, and our ability to dismantle ableism as it intersects with other forms of oppression in throughout our model – our teacher training, ongoing teacher support, structures for adult learners, and more. We’ll spotlight some key moments that have led to this change and what we’re planning to do next.

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Kate Blanchard

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January 31, 2022

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UDL in Higher Education: Passing on the Torch

This session will share the vision of one college in threading UDL throughout the entire teacher preparation program. 

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The implementation of UDL in higher education provides students in all areas of study engaging, accessible, and flexible learning. This breaks the mold of how higher education has traditionally looked. Moreover, teacher preparation programs have the additional responsibility to equip their graduates with the appropriate knowledge and practices to go into the profession and provide accessible and engaging instruction for all students in K-12. This session will share the vision of one college in threading UDL throughout the entire teacher preparation program. Explicitly teaching and modeling of the UDL principles, guidelines, and checkpoints for conceptual understanding to develop skill acquisition. Additionally, providing multiple opportunities for students to apply the knowledge when they are conducting field work in local schools. Through this process, we pass on the torch of UDL practices used in college classes to K-12 classrooms.

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Stephanie L. Craig

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January 25, 2022

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Designing for Variability Across the Higher Ed Curriculum

Designing for Variability across the Higher Ed Curriculum is an interactive poster in which a spectrum of practitioners shares stories about how their UDL training has inspired them to redesign and reconceptualize the way they teach, the way they interact with students, and the way they think about the role of higher education in general.

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Designing for Variability across the Higher Ed Curriculum is an interactive poster in which a spectrum of practitioners shares stories about how their UDL training has inspired them to redesign and reconceptualize the way they teach, the way they interact with students, and the way they think about the role of higher education in general. This repository showcases first-person accounts of the transformative potential of a UDL-based approach to higher education, offering specific examples of what UDL-informed practice looks like in disciplines as diverse as Composition, Nursing, Welding, and Graduate Studies. 

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Randy Laist
Dana Sheehan
Nicole Brewer

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January 25, 2022

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Designing Higher Education Courses with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

This study investigates the impact of a UDL course design methodology called CUTLAS.

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This study investigates the impact of a UDL course design methodology called CUTLAS. The study’s main aim was to uncover the extent to which students on a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) course encountered UDL learning, teaching and assessment practices, following its CUTLAS design. A secondary aim was to assess how important UDL learning, teaching and assessment practices were perceived to be in relation to learning.

The extent to which PGCHE students encountered UDL learning, teaching and assessment practices and their importance for learning were assessed using the 36 item UDL student perception survey (Kennette et al., 2019). Results revealed that students perceived that 31 of the 36 survey items, occurred “often” or “always”, on the PGCHE, with 29 of those 31 items considered as “very” or “extremely” important for learning. CUTLAS appears to effectively in embed UDL into the course design process, with demonstrable perceived benefits for learning.

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Kevin L. Merry

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January 25, 2022

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UDL Partners: A K-12 Higher Education Implementation Partnership

This panel presentation highlights the work of “UDLPartners”, a strategic collaboration between the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, a professional development K-12 service provider, and the Cabrini University School of Education.

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This panel presentation highlights the work of “UDLPartners”, a strategic collaboration between the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, a professional development K-12 service provider, and the Cabrini University School of Education. The session explains our cohort model design, framing UDL implementation with an explicit lens on CRT and social-emotional learning, with the primary goal of increasing practical and theoretical capacities to engage all learners. We will share components of our professional communities and introduce our new social media and web presence to share strategies and resources to the larger UDL community. The impact of our work both in K-12 and teacher preparation will also be featured.

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Mary Murphy Budzilowicz
Ron Whitaker
Amber Gentile
Jesse Gluckman
Lauren Benfield
Sarah Misner
Erin Barry

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January 24, 2022

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Space as a Catalyst for Campus-Wide UDL Implementation; Using the UDL Higher Ed Deck of Spaces™

This session will give attendees an opportunity to “test drive” the deck and understand its many possible applications in support of UDL at the higher ed level.

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Gaining campus-wide momentum in the adoption of UDL can be challenging. Educating diverse college and university stakeholders in ways UDL can support their unique goals takes finesse. The Deck of Spaces: Higher Education Edition™ is a valuable tool kit to spark ideas and initiate conversations across every facet of campus. We will engage attendees with the tool kit to explore the untapped potential of your campus spaces from furniture in the classrooms to student support services to the campus-wide user experience. The deck is also a strong advocacy tool to expand the conversation around UDL on campuses and illustrate the potential of UDL principles to impact the bottom line of collegiate institutions in these challenging times. This session will give attendees an opportunity to “test drive” the deck and understand its many possible applications in support of UDL at the higher ed level.

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UDL Deck of Spaces: Higher Education Edition
Gould Evans Education

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David Reid
James Basham
Michael Ralph

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September 5, 2022

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Space as a Catalyst for Campus-Wide UDL Implementation; Using the UDL Higher Ed Deck of Spaces™

This session will give attendees an opportunity to “test drive” the deck and understand its many possible applications in support of UDL at the higher ed level.

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Gaining campus-wide momentum in the adoption of UDL can be challenging. Educating diverse college and university stakeholders in ways UDL can support their unique goals takes finesse. The Deck of Spaces: Higher Education Edition™ is a valuable tool kit to spark ideas and initiate conversations across every facet of campus. We will engage attendees with the tool kit to explore the untapped potential of your campus spaces from furniture in the classrooms to student support services to the campus-wide user experience. The deck is also a strong advocacy tool to expand the conversation around UDL on campuses and illustrate the potential of UDL principles to impact the bottom line of collegiate institutions in these challenging times. This session will give attendees an opportunity to “test drive” the deck and understand its many possible applications in support of UDL at the higher ed level.

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UDL Deck of Spaces: Higher Education Edition
Gould Evans Education

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David Reid
James Basham
Michael Ralph

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September 5, 2022

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UDLHE Networking Discussion

Join the UDLHE Network’s co-chairs Eric Moore and Jennifer Pusateri for a discussion around UDL in higher education.

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Join the UDLHE Network’s co-chairs Eric Moore and Jennifer Pusateri for a discussion around UDL in higher education.

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Eric Moore
Jennifer Pusateri

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January 24, 2022

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