"Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership" (ISTE, 2008)
At the Education Developers Caucus Institute 2016 The Changing Face of Higher Education: Implications for our Work with Faculty and their Classrooms hosted by Sheridan College, Humber College, and the University of Toronto, I presented a creative problem solving (CPS) technique with a sketchy note graphic organizer as a means to co-facilitate a pre-conference readings and YouTube videos on universal design for learning (UDL). The CPS tool that I used is called POINt - Plusses, Opportunities, Issues, and New thinking. It is a development tool The session was well-received, and the organizers at the Education Developers Caucus (EDC) 2017 (re)Thinking Tradition hosted by Guelph University asked me to extend the conversation and technique as a pre-conference session.
For both sessions, it was challenging to find a single article or video that conveyed all of the elements of universal design for learning: stylistics, closed captions, mixed media, variation in activity, diversity, neuroscience, and instructional design. In one instance, surprisingly, all had done the pre-work, and in the other, also surprisingly, almost none had done the pre-work. Lessons learned, the article that had the most to offer was the least accessible. Although it was available through the institutional libraries of the participants, it was not open source. Those few extra steps beyond a simple web click, actually created a barrier to access of the article. To accommodate for this, I spent a little more time discussing the history and principles of universal design. Interestingly, some participants came to learn more about UDL and others to learn about the POINt technique. I really enjoy the CPS and like experimenting with new techniques from the toolkit.
ISTE. (2008). ISTE Standards for Teachers. ISTE.org. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-teachers/nets-for-teachers-2008