Listening to Students: What They Can Tell Us about Universal Design for Learning

Virtual Paper ID: 54677
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    Nancy Chapko
    Gateway Technical College

Abstract: If you were a student in your classroom, would you be encouraged to make lasting and personal connections to the content? There is a presumption that instructors have the knowledge, skill, and ability to create designs for learning that will meet the needs of all students. As a framework, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) does not provide for the incorporation of student input for course design. There is no specific procedure that requires student evaluation. They are not intentionally included in discussion that examines teaching and learning. But students have an essential voice in the process of learning. Encouraging them to advocate for methodologies that support their work as responsible agents of learning leads to two valuable outcomes. This paper explores how the integrity of UDL implementation can be sustained when these outcomes are achieved.


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