31 Days of Universal Design for Learning

You’ve heard about the three principles of universal design for learning (UDL). You’ve studied the checkpoints that underlie the principles (CAST, 2018). You started moving your learners from competence toward expertise using the UDL Progression Rubric (Novak & Rodriguez, 2018). You are the go-to expert on UDL for your school, college, or organization.

Or . . . not.

How many UDL experts do you have on your team? If you answered “not enough,” this interactive webinar is for you. We’ll examine what you and your colleagues can do with ten minutes a day for one month, examining and expanding 31 different ways to lower barriers and support learners from a variety of economic, cultural, and ability backgrounds (DeSilva, Nemeroff, & Lopez, 2017).

Our webinar will take the form of a lightning-round presentation of practical ways to implement all 31 of the UDL Checkpoints via a proposed month-long development calendar, with a focus on spending 10 minutes or less on each, as a starting point. After the lightning-round share, our webinar is up to you!

You’ll vote on the three strategies that you’d like to see more about, and we’ll spend ten minutes on each of the top three vote getters. If your top three don’t make the cut live, don’t worry: you’ll leave our session with resources to learn more about the UDL checkpoints (Tobin & Behling, 2018) and how to apply them (Ableser & Moore, 2018).

This interactive webinar will provide multiple ways to keep you engaged (solo, collaborative, and interactive), share information in multiple ways (slide visuals, video sharing, text-chat, spoken audio), and multiple ways to join the conversation (video, text chat, self-guided reflection). You’ll experience active-learning techniques and get use-them-now resources. Especially by relating inclusive service design to practical techniques (Bowery & Houston, 2017), this session’s activities serve as a model for you to re-frame access and inclusion conversations with your colleagues and leadership team.

In this presentation:

  • UDL tactics to implement today
  • Active-learning techniques and resources
  • How to reframe access and inclusion

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Thomas Tobin l Scholar, Author, and Speaker l University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thomas J. Tobin, PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT, CPACC is a founding member of the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring (CTLM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an internationally recognized scholar, author, and speaker on technology-mediated education. His books include

Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (2015).
The Copyright Ninja (2017).
Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (2018).
Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (2020).
UDL for FET Practitioners: Guidance for Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Irish Further Education and Training (2021).