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1 The ACCESS Project, Colorado State University Jesse Hausler, Assistive Technology Coordinator Craig Spooner, Project Coordinator The Universally Designed Learning Experience: Institutionalizing Universal Design for Learning

2 The ACCESS Project  Funded by U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education  Grant #P333A080026  Our Goal:  Ensure that students with disabilities receive a quality higher education Introduction

3 The Old Approach  Accessibility workshops:  Course materials and documents  Web based information  Course management systems  Instructional media  Compliance with regulations, guidelines  Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)  Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act Introduction

4 We Failed to Gain Traction  Narrow Focus  Disability  Assistive Technology  Faculty Perception  “I don’t have students with disabilities.”  “Not my job!”  Went at it alone  Few strategic partnerships  Low on the list of administrative priorities Introduction

5 Philosophical Changes  Benefits for all students  Disabilities are part of the range of diversity  Enabling the learning environment  Broader definition of “accessible”  Accessibility paired with usability  Applied to a wide range of technologies, including assistive technologies  Tie our goals to those of the University New Approach

6 Goals of the University  Access, Diversity, and Internationalization  Enhance accessibility for students with physical, learning and other disabilities  Active and Experiential Learning Opportunities  Student Engagement  Retention and Graduation New Approach

7 Universal Design for Learning Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles and techniques for creating inclusive classroom instruction and accessible course materials. New Approach: UDL teaching technology “ ”

8 Universal Design for Learning 1.Represent information and concepts in multiple ways (and in a variety of formats). 2.Students are given multiple ways to express their comprehension and mastery of a topic. 3.Students engage with new ideas and information in multiple ways. New Approach: UDL

9 Representation

10  Ideas and information are represented in multiple ways and in a variety of formats  Lectures  Group activities  Hands-on exercises  Text + Graphics, Audio, Video  Usable electronic formats (e.g., Word, PDF, HTML)

11 Representation  In our video, who benefits from the:  Transcripts?  Captions?  Our version with Descriptive audio?

12 Expression

13  Students express comprehension and mastery in multiple ways  “Projects, Performances, Presentations”  Journals  Portfolios  In-class writing assignments  Art work  Videos or Film

14 Expression  Colin from our video  Student with Quadriplegia  Undergraduate in Landscape Architecture  Assignment: Create a 3D model  Physical model  Computerized model

15 Engagement

16  “Engage” students in multiple ways  Express your own enthusiasm!  Challenge students with meaningful, real-world assignments  Give prompt and instructive feedback on assignments  Classroom response systems (clickers)  Make yourself available to students during office hours in flexible formats

17 Engagement  Physics professor from India has students video tape Q&A during office hours  Individual questions answered for everyone in the course  Video  Written explanation

18 Represent Express Engage

19 Institutionalization Plan 1.Dissemination 2.Creation of award for UDL implementation 3.Formation of advisory group with campus Administrators 4.Strategic Campus Partnerships Institutionalization Plan

20 Dissemination  Colorado State University  Embed UDL principles into existing professional development  Regional  CO-WY Disability Consortium, CoADE, eLCC  National  EDUCAUSE, AHEAD, AHG, NASPA Institutionalization Plan > Dissemination

21 UDL Award  Associates UDL with instructional innovation  Promotes awareness of UDL  Provides monetary incentive for the adoption of UDL Institutionalization Plan > UDL Award

22 Creation of Advisory Group  Campus representatives  Provost’s Office  Institute for Learning & Teaching  Student Affairs  Central Computing  Retention Offices  It starts with one administrator  Offer a key role on your project Institutionalization Plan > Advisory Group

23 Benefits of Advisory Group  Advice  Experienced external perspectives  Project directions  Opportunity  Tie UDL to the institution’s goals  Remind administration of institutional benefits of UDL  Credibility and Access  Buy-in all the way to the top  Introduction to Professional Development venues  Develop partnerships Institutionalization Plan > Advisory Group

24 Strategic Partnerships  The Institute for Learning and Teaching  Central Computing  Libraries  Academic Departments Institutionalization Plan > Strategic Partnerships

25 Institute for Learning and Teaching  Provost Course Redesign Initiative  Orientations for New Faculty and GTAs  “Master Teacher Initiative” seminars in all 8 colleges  “Teaching with Technology” workshops  Annual campus-wide “Professional Development Institute” Institutionalization Plan > Strategic Partnerships

26 Central Computing  Technology Workshops  Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, HTML  Best practices for Course Management System (WebCT)  Online Modules  Classroom Training  Evaluation of new CMS options Institutionalization Plan > Strategic Partnerships

27 Libraries  Electronic Reserves  Creating Universally Designed PDFs  Electronic Books  Planning team for electronic book reading technology  Hardware and software Institutionalization Plan > Strategic Partnerships

28 Academic Departments  Faculty training  Face to face  Online modules   UDL Research in “Gateway” courses  Veterinary Sciences  Psychology Institutionalization Plan > Strategic Partnerships

29 UDL Research  Examine the effectiveness of instructor UDL training as measured by student and instructor perceptions.  Examine perceptions regarding what promotes an effective teaching and learning environment  Investigate the number of students who report having a disability and the percentage who seek accommodations  Lay groundwork to monitor persistence and retention Research

30 Quantitative Results  Statistically significant, meaningful effect sizes (student perspective):  Information is presented in multiple formats  Instructor actively engages students in learning  Instructor relates key concepts to the larger objectives of the course  Instructor begins class with an outline  Instructor summarizes key points  Instructor highlights key points of instructional videos Research — Schelly, Davies & Spooner (submitted for publication)

31 Qualitative Results  Strategies to Increase Student Engagement  i>clicker questions  Asks questions  Videos  Partner/group discussion and activities  In-class mini writing assignments  Strategies to Increase and Support Learning  Videos  Provides examples  i>clicker questions  PowerPoint (structure, organization)  Checks for understanding Research

32 Research Wrap-Up  Corroboration of national disability statistics  9-11% of students report having a disability (>2 million)  Just a few hours of training can produce significant improvements in instructor teaching behavior  enhance the learning experiences of all students, including those with disabilities Research

33 Conclusion  Institutionalization of UDL is achieved by:  A philosophical shift  A dissemination plan  Promotion via a UDL Award  Advisory group of key administrators  Strategic partnerships  UDL Research Conclusions

34 The ACCESS Project, Colorado State University Jesse Hausler, Assistive Technology Coordinator Craig Spooner, Project Coordinator Thank you! Visit us Online at

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