Universal Design for Learning: Making Instruction Accessible to All Students, Jones, Spring 2020

Course Number: EDU 5515 C01
Instructor: Andrew Jones, Ed.D.
Location: Blended Model with 4 in-person sessions at Mill River Union High School with the rest online.
Dates and Times: Face to face and online. This course will hold four in-person sessions on February 3, March 9, April 6 and May 11, 2020 from 4:15-6:15 PM. The remainder of the course will be held in an online environment. .
Credits: 3 graduate credits
Tuition: $975

Course Description

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is nationally recognized as a research-based set of strategies to support ALL learners.  UDL strategies and practices leverage brain-based research to offer students multiple ways to represent, engage, and express understanding.  The basic precept of UDL is to first remove barriers in learning environments before resorting to curriculum modifications and accommodations.  UDL is not another education initiative, but a supplemental element within the overarching framework of proficiency-based learning.  Understanding the complementary role that UDL plays in a system of proficiency is key. This course will provide teachers with a foundational understanding of UDL and actionable strategies for making their classrooms more inclusive. Course participants will deepen their understanding of UDL through course readings, professional dialogue, and classroom practice.

Course Goals & Objectives

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the underlying principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Be able to design inclusive and equitable classroom learning environments
  • Be able to apply UDL strategies in the classroom
  • Understand how UDL can support proficiency-based learning and other initiatives
  • Gain strategies to lead the implementation of UDL in your school/district

Required Texts

Cost for required text, if any, is not included in the course tuition.

Novak, K. (2016) UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms.  Wakefield, MA: CAST Publishing.

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