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(U1 - VSS) KEYNOTE: The Call for Approaches that Accommodate Diverse Learners

Presenter: Sam Catherine Johnston

There is now an urgent call for approaches that accommodate diverse learners through Universal Design for Learning (UDL)—both from postsecondary institutions and through recent federal mandates including the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008 and the $2 billion dollar Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program which requires that all online and technology-enabled content and courses developed incorporate the principles of UDL.

After a brief overview of UDL, this keynote will focus on four areas that are essential to move UDL forward in postsecondary education.

  1. Identifying the needs in postsecondary education that UDL helps to address
  2. The relationship between UDL and accessibility and how institutions can leverage existing efforts around accessibility to create a strong foundation for implementing UDL
  3. Ways to begin implementing UDL in the classroom and where to look for free web-based tools and content on UDL including those developed by CAST
  4. How to sustain your UDL efforts and grow support by measuring impact from the start

Each of these topics will be introduced in the keynote and then elaborated on in the workshop with opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing and collaboration.

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Updated January 13, 2016 by Student & Academic Services