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Because of Oliver

This seven minute video presents a story of inclusion, highlighting how the learning experience design decisions for some are good and available for all.

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Because of Oliver

Collaborative Series on Inclusion with Dr. Julie Causton of Inclusive Schooling. This seven minute video presents a story of inclusion, highlighting how the learning experience design decisions for some are good and available for all.

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Dr. Julie Causton

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November 18, 2022

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A Class Act: Fostering Inclusion and Alleviating Communication Anxiety for Students with SpLDs and Disabilities

This session will demonstrate the Present Pal app and how it grows and supports UDL teaching and learning. Innovative research will also be presented, discussing the challenges faced by students when communicating and presenting remotely.

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50% of K-12 students struggle with their communication skills, and 86% of students with SpLDs experience communication anxiety. An effective tool that supports these concerns is essential for the classroom, higher education, and the workplace. Present Pal is a UDL implementation tool that supports users to build their communication skills and confidence through interactive and accessible flashcards. This session will demonstrate the Present Pal app and how it grows and supports UDL teaching and learning. Innovative research will also be presented, discussing the challenges faced by students when communicating and presenting remotely.

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Ben Scott
Cara Hunt
Courtney Aitken

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January 31, 2022

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Where’s the “Re-do” Button? Supporting Diverse Teachers through UDL

This UDL talk launches discussion around the important question, “How can UDL best support diverse teachers in designing instructional experiences inclusive of both teacher and student variability?”

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Despite Universal Design for Learning (UDL, Rose & Meyer, 2002) being internationally recognized as a framework that addresses students’ inherent learner variability and reduces their barriers to learning (Basham et al., 2018), little work has addressed the inherent variability of diverse teachers. In particular, all teachers will at some point face barriers to executive functioning; notably, this is of relevance as teachers adapt to distanced learning. This UDL talk launches discussion around the important question, “How can UDL best support diverse teachers in designing instructional experiences inclusive of both teacher and student variability?”

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Samantha Gilbert

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January 25, 2022

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Code Jumper: Inclusive Coding

Explore the many ways Code Jumper engages students in the pillars of UDL, engagement, representation, and expression. 

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Learning to code from a young age encourages all students to say Yes, I Can Code! In this session explore how Code Jumper creates a three-dimensional, hands-on coding experience for students of all ability levels. Explore the many ways Code Jumper engages students in the pillars of UDL, engagement, representation, and expression. 

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  • Learn the basics of Code Jumper
  • Explore the Code Jumper curriculum 
  • Learn how to use Code Jumper across settings
  • Learn how Code Jumper meets the pillars of UDL

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Robin Lowell

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January 25, 2022

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Expedition E-Learning: UDL As Our Compass

Expedition eLearning: UDL As Our Compass

Learn how UDL can be utilized to prepare for extended emergency eLearning, remove barriers as eLearning (virtual learning is underway), help support staff, and help guide the design of more inclusive, accessible online learning environments.

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Weeks of virtual, remote teaching have been an unexpected journey for us all, filled with unique roadblocks and surprises. However, using UDL as the guiding compass in training, preparing, removing barriers, lesson design, and more can help make the journey much more enjoyable. Learn how UDL can be utilized to prepare for extended emergency eLearning, remove barriers as eLearning (virtual learning is underway), help support staff, and help guide the design of more inclusive, accessible online learning environments. Get examples of UDL in action during eLearning to help guide future planning and reflect upon the past weeks of virtual learning, identify lessons learned, and develop plans for future success.

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Brenny Kummer
Nick Williams

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December 3, 2020

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Designing the Inclusive Future: One Prime Directive, One Research Based Framework, and Five Fun Propositions for the Future. Dr. Don McMahon, Associate Professor, Washington State University.

Designing the Inclusive Future

Designing the Inclusive Future: One Prime Directive, One Research Based Framework, and Five Fun Propositions for the Future

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Significant challenges exist in implementing transformative technologies with a limited or non-existent evidence base for their use, and designing inclusive educational experiences with a limited evidence base is even more challenging. In order to address this need, the talk presents some ways in which educators can make informed implementation decisions around these new tools. 

First, we examine the rule of the least dangerous assumption, which supports trying new technologies even if the evidence base is lacking. Next, we present a strategy that educators can use to apply the research-based framework of UDL in order to make informed implementation choices with new technologies. Finally, based on information gained from experience in providing professional development, school level implementation, individual student interventions and teacher focus groups, the talk presents 5 fun propositions for practice.

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Don McMahon

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December 3, 2020

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Learner Preference as a Pathway to Inclusion: Choice, Relevance, and Targeted Intervention

Learner Preference as a Pathway to Inclusion

This session examines student usage of alternative formats generated through machine learning inside the Learning Management System (2+ Million downloads), and how access to multiple formats helps foster a more inclusive learning environment for all students, regardless of need, ability, and device.

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Representing learning content in different modalities and formats is a key tenet of UDL, yet alternative formats of instructional materials have traditionally been reserved for students with disclosed disabilities. Providing all students options to choose how they engage with course content empowers learner preference, fostering metacognitive awareness that can improve study habits for effective lifelong learning. This session examines student usage of alternative formats generated through machine learning inside the Learning Management System (2+ Million downloads), and how access to multiple formats helps foster a more inclusive learning environment for all students, regardless of need, ability, and device. 

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Andrew Estrada Phuong
John Scott

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November 30, 2020

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Join AbleGamers for an introduction on inclusivity in video games.

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Join AbleGamers for an introduction on inclusivity in video games.

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Christopher Power

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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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Navigating the Learning at Home

This tool has been developed as part of the Inclusive School Communities Project in Australia, funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency. It is written for parents/caregivers to navigate and support their children’s learning at home.

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This tool is written for parents/caregivers to navigate and support their children’s learning at home. It was written in response to the shift to learning-at-home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic although the strategies are just as relevant now that most students in Australia have returned to school. The tool recognises the challenges and frustrations parents/caregivers and their children may face in making sense of the learning that has been sent home. This tool is also relevant to educators planning work during the COVID-19 pandemic or another situation that requires a student to be learning-at-home (e.g., recovering from surgery).

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Sarah Humphreys

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Inclusive Schools Australia

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August 4, 2020

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