UDL and AODA for Faculty: A Learner’s Guide

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Introductions

Welcome to the Learner’s Guide for UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) for Faculty course. This guide has been designed to help you navigate through the course and access the resources.

This course is specifically designed to assist faculty and course developers to acquire knowledge that is critical to creating inclusive education and accessibility. It is designed to provide educators with a safe, collaborative space to be in contact with practice-based experience when implementing UDL and AODA into their curriculum designs.

What are UDL and AODA for Faculty?

UDL and AODA for Faculty course is a self-directedonline, and asynchronous course with a collection of online training, resources, and comprised of learning activities.

UDL is a set of principles that provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that remove as many barriers as possible for everyone to learn. A flexible approach to learning and teaching that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs (Meyer et al., 2014). Furthermore, many institutions in Ontario are adapting to this growth with the combined legislation such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), to create accessible and inclusive educational environments which is an essential part of online course design and delivery.

There are four modules to this course:

    • Module 1: The Strategic Imperative: Identify and differentiate key accessibility terms.
    • Module 2: Introduction to Accessible Education: Build accessibility foundations with learning theoretical frameworks. And, to describe the correlations between learning frameworks and varied learning preferences/behaviours in a class.
    • Module 3: Introduction to Universal Design for Learning: Define UDL. Additionally, to identify UDL principles, guidelines, and their application in content delivery.
    • Module 4: Putting Knowledge into Action and Community: Discuss current challenges teaching Universal Design classes. Moreover, to explore strategies to implement in future teaching. Lastly, to become a member of the Community of Practice for Faculty.

Navigation

This course has been designed to ensure that navigation is as simple and intuitive as possible. The following features have been included to assist movement around and between modules and resources.

    • The Learner’s Guide.
    • The Progress Tracker to your progress through each module.
    • All modules are located within the Content area.
    • Each discussion is linked within each module. However, you can click on Activities to access the Discussion Boards.
    • An Overview to learn more about the UDL and AODA for Faculty course.
    • A Meet the Facilitator to learn more about the facilitator and contact information.
    • Access to the modules:
      • Module 1: you will explore the reasons why Accessibility and Universal Design in higher education are important for any institution and for you as a faculty.
      • Module 2: provides resources and documents that are important to creating an inclusive learning environment for all learners.
      • Module 3: lays down the foundations of Universal Design for Learning then explores how you can actually put this knowledge into action in your content development and teaching.
      • Module 4: is a space for you to put UDL and AODA knowledge into action and continue the conversations by joining the Community of Practice for Faculty.

Accessibility

The UDL and AODA for Faculty has been designed to comply with accessibility standards. Thus, allowing learners with physical or learning disabilities or special literacy needs to use the resources. For example:

  • Layout and Fonts have taken into account the needs of screen-readers for the blind and visually impaired.
  • Visual Images including H5P used for the presentation of text, for instance, the Key Terms have alternative text provided describing and/or reproducing what they include.

Activities

The activities in each module allow you to apply knowledge contained within topics and develop skills in various aspects of UDL and AODA.

There are several categories of activities available in this course:

  • Interactive Activity Key Terms uses HTML-5-Package (H5P) to provide an engaging learning experience.
  • Practical Activities require you to apply the knowledge covered in the modules to practical situations in the classrooms.
  • Discussion Activities prompt you to reflect on particular aspects of the content and share your thoughts with other learners.

References

Each module contains a list of references that you may find useful for completing each module or researching topics of interest. These may include books, journals, websites, and additional resources.


References:

Meyer, A., Rose, D., & Gordon, D. (2014). UDL :: Login. http://udltheorypractice.cast.org/login

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