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(U13) Panel - Customized UDL Support for Instructors:  A Case Study of UDL Implementation in Education Field Experience Courses

Panelists: Jennifer Lock, Luciano da Rosa dos Santos, Carol Johnson, Laurie Hill, Noha Altowairiki, Flora Lui, Chris Ostrowski

Abstract: UDL is an integral design element to be integrated in instructor support for transitioning teaching to the online format. To aid in the transformation of traditional Field Experience courses to the inclusion of an online course format, University of Calgary researchers collaborated to investigate appropriate approaches for supporting course instructors. Through design-based research methodology, it was found that customized supports could be implemented through the following approaches: development of an instructor resource shell; personalized technology coaching; ongoing instructional supports through workshops; and follow up feedback instructors meetings. The panel presenters will describe how these approaches used UDL to enable the transformational learning shift for instructors as they highlight the following objectives: expand on approaches identified for transitioning Field Experience courses to the online environment with respect to UDL; share holistic strategies for instructor support; and exemplify how UDL research is informing current teaching practices and future directions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies for preparation
  • Identify methods for coaching faculty toward UDL
  • Identify processes for ongoing support


Jennifer Lock, PhD, is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and specialization chair for the Learning Sciences in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Lock is also the academic coordinator for the graduate certificate program, Assistive Technology for Learning in the Inclusive Classroom.  Her area of specialization is in online learning, ICT integration, change and innovation and educational development in higher education. She is the PI for this research project.

Carol Johnson (Tech Coach and Designer), is a PhD Candidate in Educational Technology in the Werklund School of Education and the inaugural Werklund Doctoral Fellow. Her doctoral research is focused on the development of an online music education model for effective teaching and learning. Linked to her current research, Carol is also researching the development of online faculty professional development to assist the understanding of how to deploy this model when completed.

Luciano da Rosa dos Santos (Tech Coach and Designer) is the Teaching and Learning Facilitator at the Werklund School of Education – University of Calgary, supporting the development of strategies and initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of teaching and learning. He is also working towards his PhD in Educational Technology at the University of Calgary, where he is conducting research on how Universities and Faculties interact for the support and development of online teaching capacity among academic staff.

S. Laurie Hill, PhD is an Assistant Professor, Education at St. Mary’s University. Her research interests include pre-service teacher education and specifically the connections between on campus coursework and field practicum experiences. She is also interested in pre-service teacher professional identity, student transitions, and the variety of learning environments that support undergraduate student success. 

Noha Altowairiki is a PhD Candidate of Educational Technology in the Werklund School of Education. Her research interest focuses on designing and facilitating online collaborative learning for Higher Education. Also, her interests include professional development for online teaching.

Yang (Flora) Liu is a PhD candidate of Educational Technology in the Werklund School of Education. Her doctoral research focuses on exploring internal and external factors and supports that build teachers’ capacity and inspire them to move from game users to game designers. She is also a D2L coach for both the Werklund School of Education and Faculty of Arts.

Chris Ostrowski is a MA student of Educational Technology in the Werklund School of Education. His MA research focuses on understanding the lived experiences of university students with visual impairments and their use technology to support learning. He is also interested in finding systemic ways to improve teaching and learning in higher education to meet the needs of individual students and learner differences.

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Updated December 16, 2015 by Student & Academic Services