Ensuring Higher Education Opportunities for ALL
- Project Overview
- Building Faculty Capacity
- Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
- Infusing "Disability as Diversity" into Human Resources at Temple University and Beyond
- Getting the Word Out to Other Colleges and Universities
- Sustaining Efforts at Temple University
- Replication | ONLINE APPLICATION FOR REPLICATION
"Students today arrive at the university with very different sets of skills, life experiences, abilities, and learning styles. For some, English is a second language. Others learn better through visual or kinesthetic representation of ideas rather than verbal lecture"(Detweiler, 2005). Still others have some form of disability, either apparent or non-apparent.
According to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this diversity can be addressed most effectively by providing alternative modalities for learning. This means providing students a range of options for accessing, using, and engaging with learning materials. Specifically, university instructors who use UDL:
- Present content to students in multiple ways and in a variety of formats,
- Encourage students to engage with new ideas and information in multiple ways, and
- Allow students to express themselves and their understanding of the material in multiple ways.
These 3 pedagogical principles (multiple means of content representation, student engagement, and student expression) are based in part on the work from the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum, and David Rose and Anne Meyer of the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). Their early work focused on pedagogy at the K-12 level. However, researchers and faculty have found broad applicability of UDL principles to higher education. Disability Studies and Mosaic: Humanities faculties at Temple University are learning to apply these principles and practices in their teaching as part of the curriculum transformation process of Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All.
New Online Course on Universal Design for Learning
To learn more about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in postsecondary education a short, online course on UDL is available through the University of Hawaii. The course should take about 1 hour to complete.
At the end of the 4-part short course there is a 20-question test to assess the user's knowledge of the course content. A Certificate of Completion will be available for those who complete the test with a score of 80% or higher. The test may be taken at any time before, during, or after any one or all of the sections are completed. Visit www.ist.hawaii.edu/training to begin the course.
- Center for Applied Special Technology (2010).
- ACCESS to Postsecondary Education through Universal Design for Learning (2010). UDL in Higher Education. Retrieved from http://accessproject.colostate.edu/udl/documents/philosophy.cfm#higher_ed on October 3, 2010. [please note this link has been removed or changed]
- CAST (2010), Principles of Universal Design for Learning. Retrieved from www.cast.org/about on October 3, 2010.
- Detweiler, Richard. (2004). At Last, We Can Replace Lectures, Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2004.
"How can instructors encourage in-classroom and out-of-class engagement?" http://disabilities.temple.edu/vc2010/engagement.html
"How might instructors expand classroom teaching?" http://disabilities.temple.edu/vc2010/expand.html
"Importance of feedback: explicit, timely, informative and accessible" http://disabilities.temple.edu/vc2010/feedback.html
Resources focused on Universal Design for Learning are provided below for those interested in learning more about this approach to teaching diverse learners in higher education.
- http://accessproject.colostate.edu/udl/video/video.cfm [please note this link has been removed or changed]. A 13 minute video overview of UDL from Colorado State University, with open captions, transcripts and audio description.
- www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/UDL_Guidelines_v2%200-Organizer_0.pdf A graphic organizer from CAST which covers the three main aspects of UDL.
- www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/Guideline%20Ed%20Chklst%208_31_09.doc A checklist with specific suggestions, builds on the graphic organizer from CAST.
- www.education.uiowa.edu/universalaccess/design/classroom-presentation.htm Strategies from the University of Iowa's Universal Access Project for improving classroom accessibility and learning.
- www.cast.org The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a recognized leader in Universal Design for Learning, and has suggestions for implementing UDL in both K-12 and post-secondary settings.
- www.washington.edu/doit/CUDE The University of Washington's DO-IT program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center for Universal Design in Education.
- The main DO-IT web page can be accessed at www.washington.edu/doit.
Funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education.