UDL

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UDL guided exam: Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books?  They were my favorite. I loved making the story my own.  And then in high school, I was always happy to find a a textbook with a student-made adventure written inside to help pass the time. With this as my inspiration and with UDL to guide the way, I delivered a choose-your-own-adventure styled exam this semester. Based upon the results and student feedback, I’ll do it again. UDL Guided Exam Structure […]

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Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

Kids select greeting as they enter class   Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types of connections and relationships. And to paraphrase the late Rita Pierson, kids learn from people who they like. […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

Kids select greeting as they enter class   Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types of connections and relationships. And to paraphrase the late Rita Pierson, kids learn from people who they like. […]

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Accessible Documents: Make it a Combo

CC0 Creative Commons, by Engin Akyurt, Pixabay.com A Burger is Good, but it’s Way Better with Fries. I had a little “ah-ha” (Opera) moment the other day while reading Jennifer Pusateri’s blog about alt text. Jennifer talks about developing documents to pro-actively meet Word’s Accessibility Checker (i.e., ADA or AODA regulations) rather than modifying them after the fact.  She also suggests that just because we make a documents accessible, it doesn’t mean that it meets UDL principles. UDL is so much […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Accessible Documents: Make it a Combo

CC0 Creative Commons, by Engin Akyurt, Pixabay.com A Burger is Good, but it’s Way Better with Fries. I had a little “ah-ha” (Opera) moment the other day while reading Jennifer Pusateri’s blog about alt text. Jennifer talks about developing documents to pro-actively meet Word’s Accessibility Checker (i.e., ADA or AODA regulations) rather than modifying them after the fact.  She also suggests that just because we make a documents accessible, it doesn’t mean that it meets UDL principles. UDL is so much […]

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UDL Research in Higher Education

Research focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is plentiful; the problem is it is not plentiful for higher education. In 2016, Mohawk College began its journey to implement UDL. However, we found ourselves adrift in a sea of research that did not apply to our context, our learners, or our environments. The question became what to do: Trial and error? Try to extrapolate from K to 12 research? Use American studies? Or embark on our own research journey? The […]

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Flipgrid Creates Magic for 20 Somethings Too! (and contributes to UDL)

Flipgrid fun in an integrated marketing class. Smile icon made by Vectors Market from www.flaticon.com In an attempt to make an advertising concept more engaging a few weeks ago, I created physical manipulatives for the students. It fell flat. No magic. So back to the drawing board I went.  Today, I had to teach the same advertising concept but I wanted to try to find some magic or at least a few sparkles.  So, taking some inspiration from all of […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Flipgrid Creates Magic for 20 Somethings Too! (and contributes to UDL)

Flipgrid fun in an integrated marketing class. Smile icon made by Vectors Market from www.flaticon.com In an attempt to make an advertising concept more engaging a few weeks ago, I created physical manipulatives for the students. It fell flat. No magic. So back to the drawing board I went.  Today, I had to teach the same advertising concept but I wanted to try to find some magic or at least a few sparkles.  So, taking some inspiration from all of […]

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Sometimes You Gotta Eat Dessert First – Recruiting Interest

“Life is short and unpredictable. Eat dessert first.” Hellen Keller Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash, @brookelark Why Can’t a Swim Lesson Start with a Game? My son goes to swimming lessons weekly and has been going on-and-off for a little over a year.  Every once in a while he’ll get into the water at the start of class, but mostly, he’ll wait to get into the water until 20 minutes has passed. He tells me that his favourite part […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Recruiting Interest – Sometimes You Gotta Eat Dessert First

“Life is short and unpredictable. Eat dessert first.” Hellen Keller Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash, @brookelark Why Can’t a Swim Lesson Start with a Game? My son goes to swimming lessons weekly and has been going on-and-off for a little over a year.  Every once in a while he’ll get into the water at the start of class, but mostly, he’ll wait to get into the water until 20 minutes has passed. He tells me that his favourite part […]

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