"We aim to bring together leaders in technology and special education in an expanding human and digital network that allows users to connect, share, learn, develop, ignite, and sustain innovative practices that support all students." -Dr. Jose Blackorby


CIDDL will change the culture of tech attitudes, adoption, and use to realize the pedagogical promise in terms of practice, outcomes, and innovation." -Dr. James Basham

The Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL) is serving as the National Center to Improve Faculty Capacity to Use Educational Technology in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Personnel Preparation and Leadership Personnel Preparation Programs. We are primarily focused on the following activities:

  • Increasing knowledge, adoption, and use of a range of educational technologies that can be used for educator, related service, or leadership preparation programs;
  • Increasing capacity of faculty at institutions of higher education (IHE) to use a range of educational technologies in educator, related service, or leadership preparation programs;
  • Sustaining professional learning networks related to educational technology in educator, related service, and leadership preparation programs.

Our Mission is to influence change that supports the appropriate use of educational technology in all Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE), related services, and K-12 learning environments to improve outcomes for all students, especially those with disabilities.

Our Approach is to empower all (special) education faculty members to understand and utilize Universal Design for Learning (UDL), educational technology, and innovations through multiple forms and pathways of professional learning and micro-credentialing. We are committed to exploring effective ways of translating IHE faculty’s capacity of using educational technologies in educator or leadership preparation programs into improved practices to support all students. Check this post to learn more about our approach.

We are housed at the University of Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Special Education. Our lead partners include the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute (TJEEI)CAST, and the Metiri Group.

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