UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION: HOW?
Ghent University (BELGIUM)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN12 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Page: 7148 (abstract only)
Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:With the Support Centre for Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO), we assist every institution for higher education in Flanders (Belgium) to work towards ‘inclusive higher education’. One of the frameworks we address to is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This theoretical and scientific framework of UDL is based on three main principles: providing multiple means of representation, multiple means of action and expression and multiple means of engagement. The main issue of UDL is that every learner is different and that staff therefore need to be flexible in the way they teach and shape lessons and evaluations. As support center, we coach institutions for higher education to work with the framework of UDL within their institute and with their staff. We also use ICT-tools within this framework of UDL. How can the use of ICT- tools support this flexibility? UDL and ICT have a lot in common, but UDL is more than just the use of ICT-tools in higher education. We also developped a website dedicated to UDL and the use of ICT-tools within the framework. During this presentation we give participants concrete input on how we and the institutions for higher education implement this UDL-framework. Questions as ‘how to start with UDL?’, ‘how to motivate staff?’ and ‘how to sustain practice?’ will be addressed to during this session.
Keywords: Universal Design for Learning, ICT, Institutions for Higher Education, implementing.