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(U3 - VSS) Developing Online Teaching Expertise to Implement UDL Principles in Higher Education (30 minutes)

Presenter: Noha Altowairiki, PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

Abstract: Online learning is expanding rapidly in higher education institutions around the world. Online students are diverse in their backgrounds, abilities, learning needs, and learning preferences. As educators we need to rethink about the design of online learning and whether it is inclusive and meets the variety of learning needs and preferences. Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in designing and facilitating online learning would assist instructors to meet the variety of online students’ learning needs. The challenge becomes how academic institutions develop their teaching capacity to incorporate UDL principles into online teaching and learning approaches. In this presentation, I will share some of collected qualitative data in regard to how a group of online instructors developed their teaching expertise to design and facilitate a graduate online program based on UDL.¬†

Audience: Academic leaders, Instructors, and Educational Development providers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the process of developing online teaching expertise to implement UDL in higher education.
  • Identify the role of academic leaders in fostering UDL implementation in Higher Education.
  • Identify the role of educational development providers in preparing and supporting online instructors to effectively use UDL in designing and facilitating online learning.

Biography: Noha Altowairiki is a PhD Candidate of Educational Technology in the Werklund School of Education, at the University of Calgary. Her research interests focus on designing and facilitating online collaborative learning and implementing UDL in online teaching and learning approaches. Also, she is interested on professional development for online instruction.

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Updated January 13, 2016 by Student & Academic Services