Unleash Your Inner Designer

Unleashing Your Inner Designer

In order for educators and educational leaders to fully implement Universal Design for Learning, they must first embrace the identity of a designer.

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As educators take on the work of Universal Design for Learning, their self-efficacy in that work is paramount to the success of implementation and expert learner outcomes; yet, so frequently the conversations, training, and time to develop this efficacy comes last in the progression of implementation. In order for educators and educational leaders to fully implement Universal Design for Learning, they must first embrace the identity of a designer. Unfortunately, the term design is too often associated with being arty or creative. In our work as educational designers and consultants, we’ve had people say to us, “I’m just not very creative” OR “UDL is easier for creative types, and that’s just not me.” Bryan and Joni's talk centers on self-efficacy and creative confidence as launch pads for UDL implementation.

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Joni Degner
Bryan Dean

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November 24, 2020

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Can Design Change the World?

Watch this session to explore the essential design elements needed to effect real systemic change.

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Can design meet the fundamental challenge of providing safe, equitable and inclusive education for all students, even in the face of a pandemic? Current narrowly focused design strategies are often ineffective at addressing the systemic problems facing schools today, leaving educators frustrated and disappointed. Watch this session to explore the essential design elements needed to effect real change.  

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Sue Hardin

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2020 UDL-IRN International Summit On Demand

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November 20, 2020

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