Design of Universal Active Learning (DUAL): a hybrid model of Universal Design and Active Learning

Concurrent Session 7
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Brief Abstract

We propose “Design for Universal Active Learning” model by blending active learning with universal design for learning, in hope of using it to guide simple design that supports learner success.  We will also demonstrate how to use this model to guide the design of two courses/trainings at two universities.


I am an instructional designers at OSU Ecampus' Course Development and Training Unit. I have a MA in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. I have worked in the field of instructional design , faculty development, and course development since December 2006. I am passionate about pursuing excellence in teaching and learning.
Irene is an Instructional Designer (Instructional Learning Senior), and Program Coordinator in the Department of Professional Development and Education for Nursing at the University of Michigan Hospital System. She consults staff, nurses, nurse educators, and nurse specialists, in her department and in the hospital on topics such as engaging learning, teaching, instructional design and technology. She’s been in instructional technology and design field for 10 years. Irene co-leads a campus Instructional Special Interest Group and is a volunteer in the Teaching and Learning with Technology organization on campus. She teaches workshops through the Teaching and Technology Collaborative at the University of Michigan on subjects from Qualtrics to MERLOT! She gives follow up volunteer teaching/tech consultations to her campus workshop participants.

Extended Abstract

At the end of this session, participants will:
1. Be able to name the 3 types of interactions in active learning model;

2. Be able to name the 3-step process for Universal Design for Learning;

3. Be able to design learning module(s) using this UDAL model.

In this presentation, we will introduce a new model for learning design called “Design of Universal Active Learning (DUAL)”. Why? Active learning has long history in education in both western and eastern cultures, with Socrates and Confucius as representative active teaching practitioners.  Active Learning design model has been around for over two decades (Bonwell & Eison, 1991). It is clear and simple, easy for instructional designers to communicate with faculty members. The concept of universal design for learning is relatively new. It is detailed and involves many aspects of learning design. However, it is powerful if used faithfully.   Therefore, we attempted to blend active learning with universal design for learning into one model. During this presentation, we will demonstrate how to use this model to guide the design of two courses/trainings at two universities. Then we will invite participants to use this blended model to design learning modules that deploys active learning and follows universal design principles.