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Changing Your STEM Teaching Practice

Rebecca Johnson--You’d like to change some aspect of your teaching practice. There are seemingly limitless resources on what changes to your practice you might make. How do you get started?

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Access and Inclusion

Rebecca Johnson--Teaching and Learning Services provides support for faculty who wish to foster access and inclusivity in their classrooms. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is helpful framework for many of these activities.

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What Is Universal Design for Learning?

Rebecca Johnson--Universal Design for Learning (UDL) combines what we know about how learning works with a commitment to providing course materials that are engaging and accessible to produce a learning experience that benefits all students. David Rose at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) in Boston first conceived of UDL, and called for instructors to provide multiple means of representation (how can you provide different avenues into course content?), multiple mean

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Making Digital Course Content Accessible

Marybeth Koon--As instructors create and adopt more digital teaching resources, they must also ensure that students with disabilities can access those materials. This section of the Accessibility Tool Kit 1.0 provides instructors with resources that will help them make their materials accessible to students with disabilities. As you look at this list, consider that resources for making online courses accessible are also useful to faculty who teach in a blended or flipped modality.

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Cognitive Load, Memory, and Instruction

Rebecca Johnson--If you’ve walked across a parking lot toward the kiosk, repeating your license plate number under your breath, only to have to turn back to your car and refresh your memory because an ambulance drove by, you’ve experienced Cognitive Load Theory (CLT). How does CLT play out in the classroom? To understand that, we'll need to think first about memory and how we learn.

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