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A framework based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
“Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people.” – CAST
Provide multiple means of:
Engagement that stimulates interest and motivation for learning. (e.g. offer opportunities for goal setting, self reflection, and self assessment)
Representation that presents information and content in different ways. (e.g. record your in-person lectures as video with closed captions, provide the slides, notes, and transcript, and hands-on practice exercise)
Action & Expression that differentiates the ways that students can express what they know.” (e.g. allow students to choose how they submit an assignment such as a written paper, recorded presentation, website, etc.)
Inclusive Design is a methodology, born out of digital environments, that enables and draws on the full range of human diversity. Most importantly, this means including and learning from people with a range of perspectives.
Pedagogical Strategies for Inclusive Teaching
Inclusive Teaching Practices:
*Not a complete list!
Make your materials accessible from the beginning
Use questionnaires to check in with students
Ask your students if they have internet access or access to technology
Use agendas and outlines for instruction
Keep clock in the room/visible
Provide simple instructions, outlined in steps, both verbally and in writing
Let students choose the format they submit assignments in (e.g. written paper, recorded presentation, website. etc.)
Share your gender pronouns
Learn and use your students preferred names
Involve learners in setting their own academic goals
Allow learners to participate in the design of assignments & activities