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Road Trip UDL: Designing Digital Environments with UDL as the Roadmap

With UDL as a design roadmap, we can create environments that are accessible, engaging, and supportive of learner variability. In this session, we’ll examine ways to use the UDL guidelines to design virtual (and hybrid) learning environments, as well as design tips that are transferable to in-person environment design. 

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Remote teaching and learning might appear to be a bumpy road-but it doesn’t have to be! UDL rockstars, start your engines! With UDL as a design roadmap, we can create environments that are accessible, engaging, and supportive of learner variability. In this session, we’ll examine ways to use the UDL guidelines to design virtual (and hybrid) learning environments, as well as design tips that are transferable to in-person environment design. We’ll explore strategies, tips, and exemplars to boost student engagement in virtual or hybrid environments, improve the accessibility of online content, and optimize choice in digital spaces. By the end of the session, participants will have concrete strategies for creating universally designed virtual environments to capture, boost, and sustain student engagement.

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By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate my virtual learning environment
  • Identify best practices for universally designed digital environments
  • Practice using tech tools to boost engagement, foster collaboration, reflection
  • Plan to use 3+ strategies or tools to support learner engagement

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Consider the following questions. Collect your responses on a document – written or typed

  • Consider your digital learning environment. What tools or options are provided to get learners excited, motivated to learn?
  • What resources are provided to help learners understand content?
  • What tools or options are provided for learners to show what they know?
  • Are there high tech, low tech, no tech options available?

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Brenny Kummer

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Navigating the Changing Landscape of Online learning Through a Universal Design for Learning Lens: Access & Equity

Navigating the Changing Landscape of Online learning Through a Universal Design for Learning Lens

This session will provide a map of four of the biggest issues facing online instruction. Concrete solutions for each of these issues utilizing Universal Design for Learning will be brainstormed with the session participants.

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Teachers and practitioners who are involved in the ongoing “emergency” remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are being faced with common barriers as they navigate the online learning “landscape”. This session will provide a map of four of the biggest issues facing online instruction. Concrete solutions for each of these issues utilizing Universal Design for Learning will be brainstormed with the session participants.

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Lisa J. Ehlers McCuller
Jessica McKay
Lou Ann Rosario

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Distance Learning Toolkit

This toolkit—created in partnership with the National Center for Learning Disabilities—is intended to help classroom teachers meet the needs of all students at this critical moment.

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Distance learning has been a challenge for many educators, families, and students, including the millions of students who learn and think differently. Students who struggle academically or who typically receive individual  support in school are more likely to fall behind during distance learning. Research shows that students who also come from other underserved communities, including students of color and emergent bilinguals, have been particularly affected. This toolkit—created in partnership with the National Center for Learning Disabilities—is intended to help classroom teachers meet the needs of all students at this critical moment.

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UDL in a Virtual Environment: Maintaining Curiosity, Creativity, and Culture

Leave the session with ready-to-implement ideas and resources for developing a culture and environment of curiosity and creativity regardless of who and where your students are!

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Choose your own adventure using our virtual Seesaw workshop! Pick and choose from a variety of video examples and share our experiences, resources, and journey toward intentionally developing a primary grades learning environment that meets the needs of all students and empowers them to become expert learners, whether in person or remotely. Participants control their experience based on individual and district needs. Leave the session with ready-to-implement ideas and resources for developing a culture and environment of curiosity and creativity regardless of who and where your students are!

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Charley Hoce
Joanele Hoce
Mindy Thompson
Krista Alldred
Carly McConnell
Kylie Myers
Shelby Horsza
Taylor Hall
Jeremy Everman
Cindi Bixler

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Reducing Barriers to STEM Education in Algeria – UDL and Online Learning

With COVID-19 closing schools and learning centers across Algeria, World Learning’s STEM Team rapidly created online activities for participants in diverse communities.

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With COVID-19 closing schools and learning centers across Algeria, World Learning’s STEM Team rapidly created online activities for participants in diverse communities. The UDL framework guided the creation of content and the continuous tinkering that followed to assure meaningful interaction for the maximum number of learners. Synchronous and asynchronous content targeted diverse participants from the Saharan desert to the Mediterranean coast, increasing participation by over 500% compared to physical attendance rates. Participants will be able to interact directly with STEM Mentors in Algeria to learn how to adapt online learning opportunities for diverse audiences, reducing barriers and increasing engagement using multiple means of online participation.

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Leah Myers Bitat
Yacine Hakmi
Achraf Meguellati
Ismail Alem
Hiba Mobarki
Isra Chahrazed Ghoumiri
Yousri Kenoua

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January 24, 2022

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Meeting the Math Needs of ALL Students within the Virtual Environment Webinar Series: Evidence for Universal Design for Learning in Math

This session shares the results of a just-in-time webinar series that probed into Florida’s math classrooms during the pandemic. 

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This session will share the results of a just-in-time webinar series that probed into Florida’s math classrooms during the pandemic. Over 700 participants provided peer-to-peer support regarding what is working within the innovative learning environments.
Webinars within this series focused on: 

  • Universal Design for Learning in Math
  • B.E.S.T. Standards
  • Standards-Based Instruction

A quick inquiry into Florida’s learning options revealed a meaningful look at the following questions pertaining to teaching math: 

  • What do you need immediate support with? 
  • What is the biggest obstacle?
  • What have you found to be successful in increasing student outcomes (e.g., resources/strategies)?
  • How does UDL provide the framework for success? 

This webinar series heard the voices of those teaching and or supporting math classrooms and provided evidence of the importance of UDL for reaching all students in teaching mathematics in the traditional and innovative learning environments. Join us on this data journey.

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Shelby Robertson
Tara Jeffs

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January 21, 2022

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Universally Designing the Remote Learning Environment: What We’ve Learned

This session invites us to reflect together on what we, as a field, have learned through a UDL Learning Environment Inventory Reflection & Planning tool that documents and shares what we have learned and make notes for our future learning designs (no matter the context). 

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When life necessitated remote learning, most teachers reported missing their classroom spaces – not the walls and windows, but the norms, routines, and ways of working they had established with their students. In the physical classroom, learners count on anchor charts, executive function supports, tools and technology options. They count on built-in self-regulation options, comprehension checks and peer and teacher feedback. These “predictable options” for learning in the physical classroom support learner agency. With creativity and innovation, this year required teachers across the country to “translate” the best parts of their in-person learning designs to distance learning designs. This session invites us to reflect together on what we, as a field, have learned. We will use a UDL Learning Environment Inventory Reflection & Planning tool to document and share what we have learned and make notes for our future learning designs (no matter the context). The best part of this informal conversational session will be hearing the reflections of our colleagues. 

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Susan Shapiro

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January 20, 2022

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Let’s Design for Difference…in Distance Learning, and Beyond! Networking Discussion

Watch this networking discussion led by Understood’s Trynia Kaufman as we discuss designing for difference in distance learning settings (and more!).

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Join this networking discussion led by Understood’s Trynia Kaufman as we discuss designing for difference in distance learning settings (and more!).

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Trynia Kaufman

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January 20, 2022

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Supporting Teacher and Learner Variability during eLearning

Reflect on barriers for eLearning specific to learning environments and learn about multiple UDL aligned resources, professional development, and reflection opportunities that have been created to support teachers as they intentionally implement the UDL framework during extended eLearning.

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Reflect on barriers for eLearning specific to learning environments and then learn about multiple UDL aligned resources, professional development, and reflection opportunities that have been created to support teachers as they intentionally implement the UDL framework during extended eLearning. Reflect, share, and plan for ways to utilize the resources in your own settings.

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Corie Williams
Laura Ousley

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Supporting Teacher and Learner Variability during eLearning

Reflect on barriers for eLearning specific to learning environments and learn about multiple UDL aligned resources, professional development, and reflection opportunities that have been created to support teachers as they intentionally implement the UDL framework during extended eLearning.

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Reflect on barriers for eLearning specific to learning environments and then learn about multiple UDL aligned resources, professional development, and reflection opportunities that have been created to support teachers as they intentionally implement the UDL framework during extended eLearning. Reflect, share, and plan for ways to utilize the resources in your own settings.

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Corie Williams
Laura Ousley

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