Category Archives: accessibility

Kapi’olani Community College Free Online Conference Aug 3-7

I’ll be attending the University of Hawai’i Kapi’olani Community College Summer Camp next week for the first time. It’s not an actual camp but rather the theme for the conference: group excursions, open swim, fireside chats, story circles, and camp counselor sessions. Come check it out with me, a camp counselor! I’ll be keynoting on Thursday, August 6 at 10:00

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Join me at TCC 2020 Online Conference

I’m happy to announce that I’ll make one presentation and give one interactive workshop at the 25th anniversary of Technology, Colleges & Community (TCC) Worldwide Online Conference held April 14-16, 2020. TCC Hawaii, LearningTimes, and the Learning Design and Technology Department at the University of Hawaii-Manoa collaboratively produce this event. The conference is fully online and affordable. It will be my

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Keynote: Online Course Design for Active Learning within the UDL Framework

This past fall, I gave my first keynote presentation at the University of Houston (UH) to faculty and staff. Their 1-day conference, Innovative Teaching and Learning at a Distance (ITLD), focused on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Several of the co-authors for the Routledge book, Universal Access Through Inclusive Instructional Design: International Perspectives on UDL (Gronseth & Dalton, 2019),

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Universal Access Through Inclusive Instructional Design: International Perspectives on UDL

I’d like to let you know about the first edition of Universal Access Through Inclusive Instructional Design: International Perspectives on UDL from Routledge.  It’s co-edited by the Society of Information Technology and Teacher Educations’s Universal Design for Learning (UDL) special interest group Co-chairs, Drs. Susie Gronseth (University of Houston) and Elizabeth Dalton (University of Rhode Island). This book “explores the

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Online Course Design for Active Learning within the UDL Framework

This is a WordCloud based on my blog post on active learning. Active Learning Defined Active learning engages students directly in the learning process through instructional activities with differing degrees of interaction that’s student-centered, whereas passive learning occurs indirectly and without interaction. The latter is often, but not always, teacher-centered. Student-centered learning emphasizes learner control and manipulation of information, so

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Join me at AERA 2019 in Toronto

I’ll be attending my second conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) this year. The theme is ‘Leveraging Education Research in a Post-Truth Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence.’  It will be held in Toronto, Canada from April 5-9th at the Metro Toronto Conference Centre. I was impressed with last year’s conference but a bit overwhelmed. Hopefully, with the

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Accessibility Policy for Postsecondary Distance Education

Note. This is specific to the Schoology learning management system and other technologies and protocols we use on our campus. This statement is based on the policy that I used at my former workplace for my instructional design graduate assistantship at the University of South Alabama’s Innovation in Learning Center. I recently added the use of headers, which was missing

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Using Google Suite for the Universal Design of Learning

Google Suite, along with Google’s Chrome browser’s Omnibox and useful extensions, can be used to enhance the teaching of all learners with universal instructional design principles. Google Suite is the new name for these features: Google Apps (Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides), Classroom, and Drive. This blog focuses on the use of technology to augment instruction through differentiation via scaffolding, formative assessments,

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Universal Design for Learning

Origin Universal design (UD) refers to the consideration of the needs of persons with disabilities in regard to physical spaces, objects, and tasks (The Center for Universal Design, 1997). This concept has since grown into an initiative for education called the universal design for learning (UDL). The original Principles of Universal Design (1997) are equitable use, the flexibility of use,

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