Course Design and UDL: An Integrated Approach

Concurrent Session 7

Brief Abstract

Universal design for learning (UDL) provides guidelines to support diverse populations of learners. This conversation, led by a team of instructional designers, will demonstrate how the Office of Digital Learning collaborated with an online program in implementing UDL principles from concept to completion.

Presenters

Ashley Garrigan is an Instructional Designer in the Office of Digital Learning. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her background in education influences her approach to instructional design, as she strives to develop courses and trainings that are instructionally sound, learner-centered, engaging, and thoughtful about language use. Ashley has worked as part of a team developing online language and training courses. She also taught international students in ASU’s Intensive English Program. Prior to that, she coordinated community education programs in Michigan and served as an English teacher in the Peace Corps (Romania).
Janet Smith serves as an Instructional Designer leading quality assurance initiatives at the University of Arizona with the Office of Digital Learning. She manages a multitiered and collaborative quality assurance process to ensure that courses developed for UA Online are designed for student success and engagement. Janet works with partners across campus to integrate best practices around course design, copyright, UDL, and accessibility into the instructional design process and leads the Quality Matters program for the university. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, her master's degree in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Northern Arizona University, and a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. In her free time, Janet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and practicing and teaching yoga.
Asst. Director for instructional design in support of the University of Arizona's fully online campus. Oversees the general education academy and UA Online's instructional design team. Currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. Areas of research interest include instructor presence and its impact of a sense of community and student success in online learning.

Extended Abstract

Universal design for learning (UDL) provides guidelines to support diverse populations of learners. This conversation, led by a team of instructional designers, will demonstrate how the Office of Digital Learning collaborated with an online program in implementing UDL principles from concept to completion. Participants will gain insight into the differences and similarities in course development, as well as hear about the lessons that were learned, and recommendations for scaling these processes up into a departmental workflow. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their ideas, experiences, and questions regarding implementing UDL into the course design process.