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  • Neurodiversity Hub with Andrew Eddy

    Neurodiversity Hub with Andrew Eddy

    Today we get the chance to talk about the many ways in which universities, students, and employers are collaborating in Australia, the United Kingdom, and in North America to provide training, programs, informational presentations, and plenty of ideas about how to best serve our Autistic students throughout their educational and career journeys.

  • Higher Ed and K-12 partnerships with Mary Budzilowicz and Lauren Benfield

    Higher Ed and K-12 partnerships with Mary Budzilowicz and Lauren Benfield

    Welcome to Episode 79 of the think UDL podcast higher ed and K 12. Partnerships with Mary Budzilowicz and Lauren Benfield. Mary Budzilowicz is the director of the Center for Universal Design for Learning Technology and Resources at Cabrini University. And Lauren Binfield is a project consultant in the Office of Professional Learning of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania. I usually interview just one person each episode, but today I am very glad to have representatives of both sides of this UDL partnership. My guests and I are specifically going to talk about the incredible work that Cabrini University and Montgomery County Schools have forged in recent years to link UDL in their higher ed and teacher education programs, with K-12 implementation by creating professional learning communities and operationalizing UDL in their local schools. This episode is chock full of resources that Mary and Lauren and their team have meticulously created and gathered over the past several years. So please be sure to check those out on the episode 79 webpage, where you’ll see Padlets, Wakelets, curated resources and original videos, infographics, and web pages to jumpstart your partnerships or perhaps start your own thinking about a UDL center on your campus.

  • Transformational Inclusive Student Input with Sara Schley

    Transformational Inclusive Student Input with Sara Schley

    Today we discuss the terms access and inclusion to understand what we really want in the college classroom, and also disability as diversity. One of the main points of her research, too, is to include disabled students in faculty learning communities in order to improve accessibility and inclusive measures in teaching and learning settings. We will go over how she conducted her research and what transformational and beneficial results have come from her studies that center students’ experience and suggestions in creating positive change in higher ed settings.

  • Intentional Tech Solutions with Derek Bruff

    Intentional Tech Solutions with Derek Bruff

    Derek Bruff is the Assistant Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University and Interim Director of Digital Commons as well as a Principal Senior Lecturer in Mathematics. He is also the host and producer of the educational technology podcast Leading Lines. Derek has recently written the book Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching. My colleagues and I at Appalachian State who are “faculty Champions,” faculty who help our peers with tech and teaching problems, have been reading his book together and discussing it asynchronously, so I am eager to talk with Derek today and get the answers to my questions! I am excited to talk shop with him about his book and how his principles relate to the UDL guidelines. And I thank you for joining me and Derek today for our conversation on UDL and Intentional Tech!

  • Transparent Design with Mary-Ann Winkelmes

    Transparent Design with Mary-Ann Winkelmes

    Dr. Mary-Ann Winklemes is the Executive Director at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brandeis University and the Principal Investigator and Founder of TILT Higher Ed. TILT stands for Transparency in Learning and Teaching. Over the course of decades now, Mary-Ann has shared her model of transparent assignment design all over the world and has collected data about its effectiveness. I have been a big fan of the TILT method for several years and have taught our faculty about it and have another assignment design workshop coming up next month! I am delighted to get to talk with Mary-Ann about the connections that her TILT Higher Ed method has with the Universal Design for Learning principles, and am especially excited to share this with our Think UDL listeners.

  • Academic Integrity through Assessment Design with Mark Glynn

    Academic Integrity through Assessment Design with Mark Glynn

    Today’s conversation centers on how to make assessments more “cheat-proof” and authentic, so as to work on the prevention of academic dishonesty rather than “catching” students cheating after the fact, so to speak. And the UDL principles are what guides this design!

  • Inclusive Instructors Use UDL with Tracie Addy

    Inclusive Instructors Use UDL with Tracie Addy

    In today’s conversation, we take a look at barriers to inclusion, what facilitates student learning, and what creates or hinders a sense of belonging. We also talk about course design, inclusive syllabi, how to engage students, and how to create inclusive assessments. Dr. Addy has provided quite a few resources besides her book that can help all of us to become more inclusive instructors.

  • Ultimate Collection of Go-to Faculty Resources with Danielle Hinton

    Ultimate Collection of Go-to Faculty Resources with Danielle Hinton

    In today’s conversation, we talk about these fantastic resources Danielle has curated and what they can do for you. We also discuss what it’s like to be an educational or faculty developer.

  • Teaching Interculturally with Irene Theodoropoulou

    Teaching Interculturally with Irene Theodoropoulou

    Irene Theodoropoulou is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Qatar University and a Visiting Associate Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University in Qatar. This conversation is filled with ancient wisdom for modern problems and illustrates practical ways to apply UDL principles in culturally diverse classrooms. We talk about language, linguistics, varying format and content (and paying attention to both), happiness and creativity, and how to leverage learner diversity and variability to create rich and rewarding educational experiences for both students and instructors.

  • New Paradigms in Course Design with Lee Skallerup Bessette

    New Paradigms in Course Design with Lee Skallerup Bessette

    Dr. Lee Skallerup Bessette is the Assistant Director for Digital Learning at CNDLS, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University. She also co-hosts the podcast “All The Things ADHD” and is an active presence on Twitter as @ReadyWriting. In fact, one of Lee’s Twitter threads prompted this conversation about assumptions we make about students, learning, universities, and course design. I wanted to bring a UDL lens to this discussion and talk about what those assumptions are, what options and pitfalls we might have, and just dream of a few solutions with Lee. This episode captures that conversation and pushes at the boundaries of UDL, current course design, and institutional policies. We don’t have all the answers, but we do wonder aloud what these new course designs might look like.

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