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Introduction to Assessments

This fast paced and fun video provides an introduction to assessments for classroom teachers.

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This fast paced and fun video provides an introduction to assessments for classroom teachers. It covers the topics of

  • Types of Assessments
  • Improving Assessments
  • Challenges to Assessments

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CAST, Inc.

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Familiarity, Current Use, and Interest in UDL

This study investigated online faculty familiarity, course design use, and professional development interest regarding universal design for learning (UDL) guidelines.

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This study investigated online faculty familiarity, course design use, and professional development interest regarding universal design for learning (UDL) guidelines. The researchers surveyed all 2017 to 2018 online faculty at a large university in the southeastern United States. Findings included 71.6% of faculty reporting familiarity with at least one UDL guideline, with most respondents indicating familiarity with guidelines relating to perception, expression, and communication. Faculty reported the highest implementation of UDL guidelines was for those suggesting options for comprehension as well as expression and communication; the lowest implementation was for those suggesting options for physical action as well as language and support. Survey results also indicated high to moderate interest in learning more about all UDL guidelines, with emphasis on comprehension, persistence, and expression. This study suggests that faculty members desire UDL training and offers possibilities for planning and implementing such professional development in areas targeted to best meet the needs of online faculty.

Familiarity, Current Use, and Interest in Universal Design for Learning Among Online University Instructors by Carl D. Westine, Ph.D., Beth Oyarzun, Ph.D., Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell, Ph.D., Amanda Casto, Cornelia Okraski, Gwitaek Park, Julie Person, and Lucy Steele is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Carl D. Westine, Ph.D.
Beth Oyarzun, Ph.D.
Lynn Ahlgrim-Delzell, Ph.D.
Amanda Casto
Cornelia Okraski
Gwitaek Park
Julie Person
Lucy Steele

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International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

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December 16, 2019

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A Review of UDL Research

In this resource, we review 125 studies published between 2000 and early 2019, that investigated the use of UDL in early childhood through postsecondary education settings.

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In this resource, we review 125 studies published between 2000 and early 2019, that investigated the use of UDL in early childhood through postsecondary education settings. Highlights of our results include the finding that basic conceptualizations of UDL vary in significant ways, affecting the possibility of drawing conclusions about its impact and efficacy. UDL research is being disseminated to a variety of audiences, but is associated most frequently with special education. Research about UDL has increased and research quality has improved.

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Cynthia M. Okolo, Julie Brehmer, Shawn Daley, Eileen Mooney, Jeff Diedrich, Jessica Sprick, Aric Gaunt, Ying Hu, Ian Clemente

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A Future Filled With UDL

In this resource multiple perspectives will be shared regarding schoolwide UDL implementation.

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Is Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in your future? The principal and teachers of a middle school in Wilmington, Delaware, along with the ACCESS Project of the University of Delaware, are on their second year of UDL Implementation. In this resource multiple perspectives will be shared regarding schoolwide UDL implementation. Accomplishments and barriers encountered during the first two years will be shared as well as a plan for moving forward. The transformation of the middle school, while slow, has begun and a future filled with Universal Design for Learning is the ultimate goal.

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Amy Brown, Esley Newton

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April 1, 2019

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A Future Filled With UDL: One Middle School’s Vision

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Changing Students' Lives with Personalized Mentoring

This resource describes how choice, flexibility, and creativity can lead to effective mentoring of undergraduate STEM majors while also addressing executive function deficits.

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Providing individualized supports using the UDL framework can be challenging in standards-driven teacher preparation programs. This resource describes how choice, flexibility, and creativity can lead to effective mentoring of undergraduate STEM majors while also addressing executive function deficits. It describes how education teachers in the Exceptional Education Program at the University of Central Florida built relationships and mentored undergraduate STEM majors using the UDL framework. While this resource focuses on higher education, lessons learned can be easily transferred to students in middle and high school. 

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Matthew T. Marino, Eleazar Vasquez III

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Changing Students’ Lives with Personalized Executive Function Mentoring

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An Investigation Into the Alignment of Effective Innovations

The Effective Innovations (EI) Alignment Process is based on the idea that critical components of effective innovations intersect. The recognition of this intersection deepens the understanding and improves the effectiveness of all EIs.

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The members of the UDL-IRN Implementation Special Interest Group (SIG) are currently implementing, or supporting, districts in the implementation of UDL. The SIG created a process that helps educators align UDL with other effective innovations. The Effective Innovations (EI) Alignment Process is based on the idea that critical components of effective innovations intersect. The recognition of this intersection deepens the understanding and improves the effectiveness of all EIs.

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Cherie Smith, Lindsay Slater, Craig Blum

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May 17, 2019

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Variability Includes Poverty: Plan for It

While educators believe UDL can help design environments that will support students, they must acknowledge the overarching experiences of students in poverty and how those experiences affect their learning.

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Students living in poverty are in classrooms across the United States. While educators believe UDL can help design environments that will support these students, they must acknowledge the overarching experiences of students in poverty and how those experiences affect their learning. Educators can utilize the UDL framework to design flexible environments that will eliminate barriers these students face. This resource provides the foundational information used to build this argument, and suggests available supports.

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Loui Lord Nelson

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Connecting Emerging Technologies to the UDL Framework

This paper examines how the emerging technologies of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are potential UDL resources supporting the Summit Goal of “Identification and dissemination of effective implementation tools."

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This paper examines how the emerging technologies of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are potential UDL resources supporting the Summit Goal of “Identification and dissemination of effective implementation tools.” In less than ten years mobile devices (smartphones & tablets) became common educational tools providing multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. AR and VR are potential new platforms for UDL implementation that need to be incorporated into the existing research- based framework. New AR and VR platforms provide educators unprecedented new resources to support all learners by connecting these tools to the UDL framework.

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Don McMahon

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Digital Excuses for Not Doing Homework

Inherent in all learning environments, and in particular virtual learning spaces, are barriers. Instructors should use design elements of UDL within post-secondary courses.

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Inherent in all learning environments, and in particular virtual learning spaces, are barriers. These can include barriers unique to individual students or a product of the technology. At California State University, Fresno, the large variety of university students include over 50% of students in poverty, first generation, and emergent bilingual language learners. The challenge of capturing the talents of this group is often a struggle for instructors, particularly in digital courses. Instructors should use design elements of UDL within post-secondary courses. These include: identifying barriers to learning, alternatives for participating during class time, effective alternative assessments based on construct relevance, and UDL meta-cognitive goals and transparency.

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Kimberly Coy

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January 31, 2019

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Developing the Expert Learner

How can you help learners become expert learners?

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How can you help learners become expert learners?

In personalized learning environments, learners understand their strengths and challenges and are able to deploy strategies to support their learning. Daily, they are developing the skills needed to be self-directed learners, able to monitor their progress and make connections to prior learning.

These learners can also choose and use the right technologies for the task. As they progress, the anticipated result will be expert learners who are truly prepared for their future. The continuum toward mastery provides learners of all ages with a blueprint for building expertise. Lets take a look at the Stages of Personalized Learning Environments and how we can develop expert learners by helping them develop the skills at each stage along the Continuum of an Expert Learner.

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Kathleen McClaskey

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February 22, 2019

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