Post Tagged with: "UDL"

Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Juan R. Sandoval, Department of Social Ecology The Current State of “Diversity” and “Inclusion” According to a report by the U.S. Department of Education (2019), whites make up approximately eighty percent of the full-time professoriate in the United States. Furthermore, white graduate students make up a little over sixty percent of those enrolled in graduate education, including a master’s, doctoral, law, medicine, or dentistry program. Similarly, in 2017, at UC […]

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Rethinking the Physics Classroom: 4 Tools to Consider

Francisco J. Mercado, Department of Physics & Astronomy When we think about a physics classroom, more often than not, the picture that comes to mind is an ‘all-knowing’ professor standing at the front of a classroom writing on a blackboard while some of the students behind them are vigorously taking notes struggling to keep up. Others are attempting to complete the difficult problem set that they have to turn in by […]

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Helping All Learners Realize Their Full Potential with Universal Design Learning

Devontae C. Baxter, Department of Physics and Astronomy Debunking “School isn’t for me” I think that it would be fair to say that our modern educational system is designed to primarily serve students that are capable of passively absorbing and retaining information shared by the instructor. This method never proved to effective for me, and as such I would actively search out additional resources outside of the classroom to compensate. […]

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Promoting Equity and Humanizing Online Courses

Maricela Bañuelos, School of Education Historically, online learning was intended to increase underserved students’ access to educational opportunities. These students include students who are financially disadvantaged, English language learners, or disabled, or who come from rural areas (Campbell & Storo, 1996). While online courses may have expanded educational access to historically marginalized students, studies have found that students from marginalized groups are less likely to succeed in online courses (Pascansky-Brock et […]

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An Assignment to Promote the Achievements of Diverse Scholars

Amanda R. Brown Tortorici, MS, RD, CSCS, PhD Candidate in Public Health Diversity in the 1980’s I remember being in elementary school in the late 80’s in suburban Pennsylvania, and I had a project to create a poster of female leaders of my choice. We were in the month of March, and our teacher wanted us to recognize the accomplishments of successful women in celebration of Women’s History Month. My […]

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Can You Explain That 3 More Times? Advice for Universal Instruction

Daniel J. Ruiz, Department of Earth System Science After asking someone to repeat themselves multiple times and still not hear what they’ve said on the 3rd iteration, I’m the type to give up, smile and nod, and be overcome with embarrassment of the whole exchange. Too often do our students feel this way after asking their peers, TAs, and instructors questions only to get the same explanation and sheepishly give […]

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Making Lab Spaces More Accessible to the Variety of Students We Serve

Amy Christiansen, Department of Chemistry Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way to make instruction accessible to students with disabilities (SwD) and different learning preferences. UDL strives to make instruction inclusive by providing diverse curriculum delivery formats and building accommodations into curriculum design. UDL is a well-established technique for making classrooms more accessible, but is less commonly implemented in laboratories. As an educator in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), […]

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