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Title: Using Principles of Universal Design for Learning


1
Using Principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Class Assessments
  • Mary Male, Ph.D.
  • mmale_at_baymoon.com
  • May 9, 2007

2
Do your class assessments limit access to your
class?
  • Just as a _______ provides increased physical
    access to streets for everyone
  • Single-option class assessments limit engagement
    to a _____ type of brain.

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3
Problems with Single-Option Assessments
  • Limited Means of ________ (too much to read, too
    little time)
  • Limited Means of _______ (too much to write, too
    little time)
  • Limited Means of Engagement (role of _______ on
    test performance)

4
MYTH Using a common format for assessment
levels the playing field for students
  • A single format tilts the playing field, favoring
    some, and hampering others

5
Benefits of UDL assessments
  • Demonstrates instructor belief in _____
  • Requires ____ time in planning, but less overall
    (and less tedium for instructors in grading)
  • Maximizes opportunities for student learning and
    _____

6
Assessments like a menu at a Chinese restaurant
  • Pick one from Column A, one from Column B
  • Requires students to exercise and develop
    different skills
  • Offers ways for students to remember and
    integrate course concepts and skills
  • Increases opportunities for ______students to
    succeed

7
Using Technology to Enhance UDL Assessments
  • Ideas
  • Students take tests on a computer (built in
    accessibility features such as text-to-speech,
    keyboarding over handwriting, dictionary, etc)
  • Access to tools for creating graphics
  • Electronic scoring of some portions (time savings
    for instructor)

8
Reduce the Impact of Test Anxiety on Performance
  • Alternative ______ for testing
  • Reduced _____ of assessments over multiple
    assignments
  • Opportunities to drop lowest grade, bonus
    questions, weighting formulas for grading
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