Sue Doner & Jen LeVecque discuss the intentions and format of their Friday workshop
Background: In 2015, I worked with BCcampus and CAPER-BC to develop the BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit [https://opentextbc.ca/
“Redesign or Accommodation?” is an experiential activity that is grounded in the student-centeredness of UDL and incorporates the humanizing-element of student Personas that were part of the Accessibility Toolkit. Each participant in the activity adopts a Persona and advocates from that student’s perspective when presented with a Scenario that is based on common or recurring components of course delivery. In facilitated discussions, participants identify any potential barriers that the Scenario presents for their Persona-selves, consider what accommodations to address the barrier would look like—and if their Persona would even qualify, and then determine if the barrier/s could be avoided entirely by applying a UDL-based “redesign” to the course components in question.
“Redesign or Accommodation?” is an activity designed to help educators consider UDL-based practices without overwhelming participants with a deep dive into UDL principles. It’s an activity that can support:
– those of you who are already UDL evangelists and are looking for new tools to add to your own UDL toolkit;
– those of you who are newer to the UDL framework and practices and are looking for more ideas about the practical applications of UDL in teaching & learning; and
– those who “don’t know what they don’t know” yet about UDL.
We’d love to see you at our Friday session!