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A screenshot of the application OrbitNotes sits above the logos for OrbitNote and read&write Leveraging EdTech to Provide Options & Scaffolding for Your Learners - At Texthelp we believe every learner has the right to understand and be understood. When literacy is a barrier for learners, it affects them in…
Colored paper hands reach towards a globe. Connecting the Dots Between UDL, DEI & EdTech - Thursday, March 31st, 2:30-3:30pm ET Most school districts and universities are  prioritizing and strategizing around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. How does that work connect to…
A bucket of water is pulled from a pond next to the text "UDL in the Making" UDL in the Making – Ensuring the Right to Higher Education for All - The United Nations right to higher education as well as domestic legislations on non-discrimination, as formulated in many countries around the world, pose requirements on…
An open, blank notebook sits on a desk alongside a computer, a camera, glasses, and a cup of coffee. Building Equity and Inclusion through UDL: Higher Education Research - We see the day where higher education campuses around the globe will ensure all learners are actively included in social and academic settings, becoming expert…
A graphic of a fist bump under the session title: Putting the “U” in UDL! Integrating a Critical Lens into the Implementation of Universal Design for Learning Putting the “U” in UDL! Integrating a Critical Lens into the Implementation of Universal Design for Learning - UDL is intended as a framework for educators to ensure all students regardless of ability, cultural background, and race are instructed and supported to thrive…
An outline of the UDL Guidelines sets underneath the text "Get involved. #UDLrising." UDL Rising to Equity: Community Conversations - Thursday, March 31st, 6:00-7:00pm ET UDL Rising to Equity is a community-driven process to reenvision CAST’s UDL Guidelines through an equity lens. As part of…
A stack of sticky notes with the top one inscribed with the word momentum. Momentum Through Multiple Means - Friday, April 1st, 10:00-11:00am ET UDL is an educational framework, a way of thinking, and a set of systems, skills, and beliefs. What if we…
Overhead view of hands in a circle. Honoring Identities: Examining Intersectionality and UDL in Higher Education - Friday, April 1st, 1:00-2:00pm ET Drawing on research findings and expertise, the co-presenters will engage attendees in exploring the unique barriers that have been observed…
Graphic of an elephant in a business meeting room during a meeting. Normal Sucks: Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room - Thursday, March 31st, 10:30-11:30am ET Does normal exist? If we take a deep dive into history, we find that “normal” is a relative term that…
Interconnecting graphics of person silhouettes overlap an image of hands typing on a laptop. Lessons Learned: Creating UDL Learning Community in Higher Education - Friday, April 1st, 1:00-2:00pm ET Presenters will share their experiences co-facilitating a universal design for learning pedagogy group at a small university, with a focus…
Graphic of three people using technology to share photos, hashtags, and words in thought bubbles. Design the SETTing with Tech and Techniques - Friday, April 1st, 3:15-4:15pm ET We’ve all heard the buzz words UDL, technology, implementation, and more; but this session will deep dive into how to know…
Tile shows session title: Virtual UDL Video Club Simulation: Experience How a Video Club Can Deepen Your UDL Practice Virtual UDL Video Club Simulation: Experience How a Video Club Can Deepen Your UDL Practice - Thursday, March 31st, 10:30-11:30am ET Experience a new approach to deepen your UDL practice: CAST’s Virtual UDL Video Club. This model brings educators together virtually…
Image of a peeling apple over the word unlearning. Unlearning to Design for Equity and Inclusion - Thursday, March 31st, 9:30-10:00am ET Sometimes we do things in a certain way simply out of habit, such as how we assign homework, grade papers,…
The letter C with an arrow around it that evokes the feeling of change. UDL Within the Framework of a Model of Change - Thursday, March 31st, 4:30-5:00pm ET This TED style talk will introduce how we used a model of change to create resources for University teachers to…
Graphics of floating pieces of technology gathered together in a circle. Igniting the Awareness of Assistive Technology - Thursday, March 31st, 1:15-2:15pm ET The power of Assistive Technology (AT) is growing in terms of its possibilities and it has become ubiquitous and is…
A hand uses a marker to make a checkmark on a graphic of a checklist. Implementing UDL in a University Setting: Overcoming Barriers One Checkpoint at a Time - Friday, April 1st, 3:15-4:15pm ET This breakout session will explore our approach to implementing UDL in a university by breaking down the UDL guidelines into…
A hand holds a magnifying glass over a drawing of a lightbulb. Uncover the Discovery: Teacher Candidates’ UDL Applications and Progressions - Friday, April 1st, 3:15-4:15pm ET This research examines UDL-based practices, applications, and progressions among teacher candidates and educational practitioners. Throughout the initial or cross endorsement…
Fingers hover over building blocks that are imprinted with the words "belonging, inclusion, diversity, and equity" Building DEI Campus-wide Practices Underpinned by UDL - Friday, April 1st, 3:15-4:15pm ET Postsecondary institutions, academic departments, and other campus units nationwide are undertaking diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. However, many, if…
Tile shows session title: Using technology to improve confidence in presentations in a remote and in-person setting Using Technology to Improve Confidence in Presentations in a Remote and In-person Setting - Friday, April 1st, 10:00-11:00am ET 95% of students experience presentation anxiety, and the existing ways students prepare for and deliver presentation tasks is not fully…
University students take a selfie in graduation gowns and caps. Student Engagement & Sense of Belonging: Creating Access to Community College Business Courses through UDL - Friday, April 1st, 3:15-4:15pm ET Community college courses tend to enroll more diverse and first-generation students than traditional 4-year institutions. For this student population, courses…
University students wear graduation gowns and throw their graduation caps in the air. UDL Implementation Policies in Higher Education – How Does Our Negligence Affect Our Students? - Friday, April 1st, 1:00-2:00pm ET National and/or institutional policies regarding UDL in higher education are often influenced by their social, economic, cultural, historic, and political…
A student presents about DNA in the front of an elementary classroom. Hand Over the Control - Thursday, March 31st, 1:15-2:15pm ET Practitioners who apply the UDL framework share that they’ve learned to “give up control.” For those new to the framework,…
University students listen to a professor lecture with a slide deck. UDL Implementation in Higher Education: Our First 5 Years - Thursday, March 31st, 10:30-11:30am ET To address issues of access, inclusion, equity and diversity, Mohawk College embarked on institution-wide UDL implementation 5 years ago. UDL Implementation…
A group of professionals smile for the camera. Creating a UDL Army: University College Dublin’s Faculty Partner Programme - Friday, April 1st, 10:00-11:00am ET This session will outline the approach to creating an ‘army’ of faculty to ensure widespread implementation of UDL across all…
Tile shows session title: UDL implementation in Higher Education – students as partners in a real bottom-up approach?, Katja Hakel UDL Implementation in Higher Education – Students as Partners in a Real Bottom-up Approach? - Thursday, March 31st, 1:15-2:15pm ET Since 2015, educational developers at NTNU have tried out various training offers to increase the faculties’ implementation of UDL in…
Tile shows session title: Moving Beyond Accessible and Towards Universal Instructional Design alongside a graphic of presenter, Bill Fischer. Universal Instructional Design Continued - In this demo, you will see examples of specific methods for integrating accessible and universal design into games. These methods include integrations for multiple modes…
Tile shows session title: UDL at Scale next to headshot of presenter Thomas J. Tobin UDL at Scale - Friday, April 1st, 10:00-11:00am ET Most of us know how to implement universal design for learning (UDL) in individual activities, courses, and service interactions. But…
College students in a classroom listen to a professor lecture. UDL Lessons Learned in Higher Education (Roundtable Discussion) - Thursday, March 31st, 2:30-3:30pm ET This interactive session will center around an informal share-out of lessons learned from designing UDL-based instruction at a higher education…
Tile shows session title: The Final Frontier! UDL in the Virtual Classroom The Final Frontier! UDL in the Virtual Classroom - Thursday, March 31st, 10:30-11:30am ET This presentation will, through various tools presented and utilized, will demonstrate the power of UDL principles and checkpoints in designing…
A toy globe sits on a keyboard. The keyboard features a blue key with the word "Accessibility" Not an Either-Or: Accessibility and UDL in Higher Ed Systems Change - Thursday, March 31st, 2:30-3:30pm ET Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning are complementary and intricately linked components of inclusive teaching and learning in higher education…
A classroom rendering with figures using a whiteboard for a classroom activity. Speaking Through Spaces: What We Put in Our Environment Speaks Back to Us - Friday, April 1st, 9:20-9:40am ET UDL is a broadly applicable framework that helps teachers think about every element of instruction. What role does the classroom…
Tile shows session title: Moving Beyond Accessible and Towards Universal Instructional Design alongside a graphic of presenter, Bill Fischer. Moving Beyond Accessible and Towards Universal Instructional Design - Friday, April 1st, 2:30-3:00pm ET This talk will provide inspiration and methods for transforming accessible design from a quantitative-box-ticking-conformance-driven ‘duty’ to a passionate commitment towards…
A teacher sits at a desk grading a student's paper. Universal Design for Writing: Celebrating Variability and Promoting Self-Expression in the Composition Classroom - Despite the intellectual, interpersonal, and psychological value of writing, too many students, as well as adults, feel “shut out” of writing. With its emphasis on…
A student writes in a study book at a table in front of a laptop. Using UDL to Foster Student Empowerment with Shared Ownership of Higher Ed Mobile Learning Curriculum  - This breakout session will review key implementation components and research findings for a UDL curriculum in higher education. We have flipped the typical higher education…
Paper is cut in the shape of a head with the words "Mental Health" in place of the brain. Colored crumpled sheets of paper surround the drawing in a circle. Exploring the Intersectionality of UDL with Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) and Mental Health  - Heidi Parisotto and Venecia Williams have been championing UDL at Vancouver Community College in Vancouver, Canada. Over the past year, they have been working with…
Two figures' brains are connected by interconnecting gears. UDL and Open Pedagogy in Course Design: An Analysis of Student Engagement in Psychology 101 - Student engagement has been studied in both UDL and Open Pedagogy, though independent of each other. This project seeks to fill the gap in the…
A professional works at a computer desk alongside papers, glasses, and a tablet. Solving Common Teaching Challenges with Universal Design for Learning and Canvas  - The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research and Academic Technologies, two departments at Northeastern University, teamed up to create a resource that would…
Graphics and icons float around the word "survey" Survey Says!: Setting the Benchmark for Strategic Action on UDL at Centennial College  - Incorporating UDL at an institutional level requires a cultural shift, which does not happen overnight or by a single individual. It requires strong collaboration between…
Teachers work together and high five in a library. Perception is Everything in UDL – Reframing Perception to Shift Actions in UDL Teacher Preparation - This session disseminates a newly published dissertation on reframing UDL and inclusion in higher education among professors of teacher candidates that uses critical theory and…
Tile shows a paper airplane with lines drawn from it next to the session title: Creative Collaborations: Embedding UDL principles into a Collaborative Online International Learning Project Creative Collaborations: Embedding UDL Principles into a Collaborative Online International Learning Project  - This interactive poster will share the experience and insights gained by faculty members who have designed and delivered a UDL-inspired collaborative online international learning (COIL)…
A person writes in a notepad sitting on a desk next to a laptop. Writing Barriers, Strategies, and UDL: Not just for K12 - Barriers to communicating in writing, or written expression, are not isolated to students at the elementary and secondary levels. The same barriers experienced by K12…
A group of professionals watch a man write on a whiteboard. Integrating UDL in Executive Function Coaching at the Postsecondary Level - Join Kiera Anderson and Tahnee Wilder for a session on how to integrate UDL in executive function coaching at the postsecondary level. Video Session
Tile shows graphic of two people shaking hands in front of a map next to the session title: Mapping the Future: Teacher Preparation across the United States Mapping the Future: Teacher Preparation across the United States - The importance of teacher quality for student achievement is well-documented, as is the need for educators prepared to teach students with disabilities. Special education is…
Tile shows session title: Beyond the Border: Sharing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices Founded UDL, Jessica McKay, Lou Ann Rosario, Lisa Ehlers McCuller Beyond the Border: Sharing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices Founded UDL - Known as “the other Ellis Island,” Segundo Barrio in El Paso is one of the main ports of entry from Mexico to the United States.…
Tile shows session title: Increasing Agency through Choice: Honoring Expert Learners in Higher Education Increasing Agency through Choice: Honoring Expert Learners in Higher Education  - Have you considered how much agency adults experience within higher education settings? Have you ever attempted to increase opportunities for choice within a classroom or…
Tile shows session title: Universal Design in Universal Chaos: The Aftermath, Lauren Tucker Impacts of Universally Designing in Universal Chaos: the Aftermath - Last year three instructional routines were identified to enhance universal design in the universal chaos of the pandemic. These routines focus on consistency, communication, and…