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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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Setting the Terms of a Multimedia Assignment in a STEM Class

Rebecca Johnson--Sandi Connelly teaches a large general education biology class at RIT and was looking for a way to add variety to her assignments. She decided to ask students to make brief videos that explained some aspect of the content they’d been learning. Video assignments are not common in STEM classes; students are unlikely to have much prior experience on which to base their work. Connelly provided both a broad set of guidelines for these video assignments, and then a more specific articulation of an assignment related to particular course content.

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