Testing An Experimental Universally Designed Learning Unit in a Graduate Level Online Teacher Education Course
The recent rapid increase in online training offers a potentially powerful solution to teacher shortages. Yet, while we quickly develop online courses for this purpose, we must continue to examine our pedagogy to assure high quality learning experiences. This study explored outcomes of designing an online graduate level unit for a teacher education course using universal design for learning (UDL). Using UDL, students receive, interact with and demonstrate proficiency in ways that best highlight their strengths. The methods included (1) surveying online student preferences and experiences, and (2) comparing an experimental UDL course unit with other online units. Most participants reported a preference for the UDL design on all measured parameters. Conclusions point to recommendations for further examination of effective methods for designing and evaluating online learning experiences.
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