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UDL University: Designing for Variability Across the Postsecondary Curriculum


Edited by Randy Laist, Dana Sheehan, and Nicole Brewer



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About the Book

In this lively collection, 16 educators from Goodwin University, a career-focused institution serving a highly diverse student community, share their experiences of applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to their instructional practice. From the sciences to the humanities to vocational technologies, these professors share practical tips and insights, and offer glimpses into their own journeys as learners, too.

The timing is right for this book. . . . We know that our higher education institutions are not accessible or equitable for every student. UDL can help remedy that by enabling intentional design that supports physical, cognitive, and emotional access to learning. This book provides insights into how we can leverage UDL to move in that direction.

from the Foreword by Allison Posey, co-author of Unlearning: Changing Your Beliefs and Classroom With UDL

UDL University: Designing for Variability Across the Postsecondary Curriculum is available now in paperback ($33.00, 210 pages, ISBN: 9781930583856) and accessible EPUB ($33.00, ISBN: 9781930583863) format.

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UDL Video Series by The Goodwin Institute for Learning Innovation

A number of the editors and contributors from UDL University participated in this video series by The Goodwin Institute for Learning Innovation discussing their thoughts and experiences with Universal Design for Learning in postsecondary education. 

Watch the video series

About the Editors

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Randy Laist, Ph.D., is a professor of English in the School of Applied Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Goodwin University and at the University of Bridgeport. Laist received his doctorate in American literature from the University of Connecticut. He has taught in middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the author of The Twin Towers in Film: A Cinematic History of the World Trade Center.

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Dana C. Sheehan is director of the Writing Center at Anna Maria College. Sheehan received her BFA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and her MFA in creative and professional writing from Western Connecticut State University. She has delivered UDL-infused presentations at conferences all around New England. Dana’s next UDL challenge will be about making discussion boards more inviting.

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Nicole Brewer is a literacy specialist and assistant professor of practice in humanities at Anna Maria College. She received her master’s degree from New York University and she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education from Northeastern University. Brewer coauthored a book with her father titled Withstanding the Lie, which helps people cope with the mental and emotional harm caused by bigotry. Nicole’s next UDL challenge is to explore the ways in which UDL can enhance institution-wide academic supports to improve student retention and persistence in higher education.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Allison Posey
  • About This Book
  • Introduction: Accessing Higher Education
  • Chapter 1: Making Connections in Teaching, Learning, and Life With Universal Design for Learning
  • Chapter 2: Curriculum Development at a UDL University: What Works, What Doesn’t
  • Chapter 3: Enhancing Engagement in the Technology Classroom With Nearpod
  • Chapter 4: PechaKucha: An Effective Tool for Teaching, Engaging Students, and Supporting Success
  • Chapter 5: Personalizing Communication: Using UDL Ideas to Breathe New Life Into Asynchronous Discussion Boards
  • Chapter 6: Practicing Social Justice and Becoming Agents of Change
  • Chapter 7: From Standard Operating Procedures to Universal Design for Learning: A Lifelong Learning Process
  • Chapter 8: Breaking Down the Introduction Paragraph With UDL Trickery
  • Chapter 9: Minimizing Threats and Distractions in a Peer Review
  • Chapter 10: Annotated? Overrated: Rethinking Research
  • Chapter 11: Badges and Paths: Creating Learner-Centered Environments in Online Classes
  • Chapter 12: Go-Karts and Arc Welders: Simulating Our Way to Success in a UDL-Informed Welding Class
  • Chapter 13: UDL and the Freedom to Fail: Technology, Games, Innovation, and Play
  • Chapter 14: It’s the Passion, It’s the Motivation—It’s the Goal
  • Chapter 15: Transforming Master’s Courses Through the Empowerment of Learners
  • Chapter 16: UDL and the Golden Ticket: Promoting Student Choice in Graduate Education
  • Afterword: The UDL Transformation
  • Further Reading
  • References
  • Index

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