Access

The first level of a Universal Design for Learning framework is the access level and that makes sense; learning can’t happen if you can’t see, hear, pay attention to, read, or speak. The roots of UDL trace, in large part, back to neuroscience research (Reid Lyon, 1985; Meyer, Rose, & Gordon, 2014) on students with…

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August 30, 2019 | by

Faculty Spotlight: Arley Cruthers

Teaching & Learning Commons Newsletter | August 2019 by: Gina Buchanan The interview I am delighted to feature Arley Cruthers to debut our new faculty profile series in our monthly newsletter. I had the opportunity to chat with Arley earlier this month and eager to share with you what I learned about Arley and the…

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August 21, 2019 | by

Facilitating Creative Learning Series – Part 4

In previous posts on Creative Learning, I summarized the spiral process of creative learning and the 4P’s: Projects, Passion, Peers and Play by Mitchel Resnick.  In this post, I would like to contextualize some strategies that you can use to foster creative learning. Don’t forget to check out this open online course: Learning Creative Learning…

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August 16, 2019 | by

Facilitating Creative Learning Series – Part 3

In the previous post on Creative Learning, I summarized the first two concepts of 4P’s: Projects, Passion, Peers and Play by Mitchel Resnick.  In this post, I would like to introduce the other two concepts: Peers and Play. Don’t forget to check out this open online course: Learning Creative Learning created by Lifelong Kindergarten at…

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August 9, 2019 | by

Facilitating Creative Learning Series – Part 2

In the previous post on Creative Learning, I introduced the spiral process of creative learning by Mitchel Resnick.   In this post, I will introduce the first two concepts of 4P’s: Projects and Passion. Do not forget to check out this open online course: Learning Creative Learning created by Lifelong Kindergarten at MIT Media Lab.  Projects …

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August 2, 2019 | by

Facilitating Creative Learning Series – Part 1

Nine months ago, one of my mentors suggested that I should check out Learning Creative Learning created by Lifelong Kindergarten at MIT Media Lab.  I hesitated for a moment because I was not sure if I would be able to complete this open online course. After all, the average completion rate of MOOC courses is…

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July 26, 2019 | by

Circles

“We were never meant to be squares. We are circles and circles with Creation.” It was a member of the audience who, with soft urgency, reminded everyone in the room whose heads had swiveled. I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2019 conference for CACUSS (Canadian Association for College and University Student Services) in…

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July 19, 2019 | by

Small Shifts in the Intercultural Classroom

“I just realized that everything I’ve learned in this project is actually preparing me to be better in the workplace”. This is what a 4th year practicum student said to me today in one of our final meetings. The student has been working diligently over the last 3 months preparing a program to help new…

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July 12, 2019 | by

Three UDL Starters

by: Dr. Seanna Takacs Let us say that you have heard of UDL and have an interest in making some modifications to your curriculum. You may have students whose learning needs have confounded you. They may be language learners or may have accommodation plans that you struggle to implement. You might have had a class…

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July 5, 2019 | by

UDL From Where I Sit

by: Dr. Seanna Takacs When I begin to explain Universal Design for Learning to any audience, it is often received as paradigms and theories are: with quiet reservation until the audience can see where the rubber hits the road. What does this mean for my teaching? What does this mean for my time? How will…

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