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Dr. Matthew Marino, Kiera Anderson, and Jacob Brewer discuss how to leverage UDL to enhance accessibility and executive function as well as enhance STEM performance and persistence for all students.

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Dr. Matthew Marino, Kiera Anderson, and Jacob Brewer discuss how to leverage UDL to enhance accessibility and executive function as well as enhance STEM performance and persistence for all students.

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Matthew Marino
Kiera Anderson
Jacob Brewer

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November 24, 2020

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Executive Functioning in Online Environments

Increased autonomy can bring its own set of challenges for students learning independently online. Through a case story example, learn strategies for supporting students in this new environment.

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This resource provides a brief definition of Executive Funcitoning, a video Example and strategies for Supporting Executive Functioning in Online Environments. Why is this important for higher education? The landscape of online education is changing rapidly. While executive functioning is relevant for learning in general, executive functioning (EF) processes are particularly critical for postsecondary students who participate in online learning as students are required to be far more autonomous.

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May 6, 2020

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Supporting Executive Functions to Develop Learner Agency

This 15- minute CAST webinar shares ideas and resources, followed by question and answers.

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CAST and educators join together to share ideas, resources, and questions. 

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