Research and Practice Briefs

CIDDL Research and Practice Briefs is a series of brief reports on research and practice regarding the innovative use of technology in special education, early childhood, related services personnel preparation and leadership personnel preparation programs as well as K-12 educational settings. For each brief, experts or practitioners in the field will be invited to discuss their research and practice on innovative use of technology. In addition, experts and practitioners will share their insights into opportunities and challenges about transferring and applying research and practice into teacher or leadership preparation programs. This series aims to spark conversations and provides an avenue for enhancing professional networking among experts and emergent scholars in the field.

Technologies to Support Progress Monitoring for Writing

By Samantha Goldman | March 26, 2024
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In this Brief, Dr. Rowland shares information regarding the importance of aligning evidence-based practices for writing with research-based technology. Additionally, it discusses the importance of progress monitoring for writing and why tools, such as the WRITE PM, are so helpful for future educators.

Technology-Based Graphic Organizers to Support Writing

By Samantha Goldman | February 27, 2024
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This brief focuses on the use of technology-based graphic organizers (TBGOs) with struggling writers. Writing is a complex task with which students with and without disabilities struggle (Graham et al., 2017). One practice to help struggling writers is teaching them to use graphic organizers. Graphic organizers support students through visual and spatial displays and can improve comprehension and quality of writing when used during pre-writing activities (Hughes et al., 2019).

Universal Design: Architecture Meets Education

By Samantha Goldman | December 6, 2023
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In this Brief, Dr. Ralph discusses what Universal Design is, how it differs from Universal Design for Learning, and its implications for teacher preparation and the future of learning.

Virtual Reality to Support Social Emotional Learning

By Samantha Goldman | November 15, 2023
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Teaching social skills in an authentic yet safe environment is a struggle. However, through the use of VR, educators are able to create a virtual environment that resembles the school community and allows for students with and without disabilities to practice needed skills.

Researchers with Disabilities, Accessibility, and UDL in Developing Countries with Nicholas Hoekstra

By Samantha Goldman | August 8, 2023
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This brief highlights the importance of creating and designing more accessible research, be it in the field or in the works we publish to ensure access to all.

UDL, Design Learning, and Personalized Learning

By Samantha Goldman | July 10, 2023
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Dr. Basham shares the exciting innovations on the horizon of education, including personalized learning, design thinking, UDL, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He shares how to bring these concepts into personnel preparation programs and how teaching future educators and related service personnel to think in this way will lead to supporting all students, with or without disabilities.

Transforming Education 

By Samantha Goldman | June 1, 2023
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This brief focuses on personalized learning and how teachers and teacher educators need to leverage the unique strengths of students and pre-service educators in order to create a creative, curious, and collaborative future. Dr. Zhao encourages teacher preparation programs to embrace personalized learning as a way to leverage entrepreneurship. As technology is rapidly changing, especially with the rise of AI, focusing on what makes humans unique is one way to structure education in a meaningful way.

Mixed Reality Simulations, Personalized Learning, AI, and the Future of Education with Dr. Chris Dede

By Samantha Goldman | May 16, 2023
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This brief highlights the need to unlearn what we’ve done in the past and to adapt to the hybrid world of today (Dede, 2022). Dr. Dede calls for more research around personalized learning (Bondie et al., 2023), artificial intelligence to support learning (Dieterle et al., 2022), and simulated learning (Bondie & Dede, 2020) to better design learning for all students.

Video-Based Reflections in Teacher Preparation

By Ashley Grays | June 30, 2022
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Video-Based Reflections in Teacher Preparation Guest Expert: Dr. Sarah Nagro About Dr. Nagro The guest expert of this CIDDL Research and Practice Brief is Dr. Sarah Nagro. Dr. Nagro is an Associate Professor at George Mason University. Her primary area…

Technology, Literacy, and Bilingualism in Special Education

By Samantha Goldman | May 26, 2022
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Technology, Literacy, and Bilingualism in Special Education Guest Expert: Dr. Sara Jozwik About Dr. Jozwik The guest expert of this CIDDL Research and Practice Brief is Dr. Sara Jozwik. Dr. Jozwik is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin,…

Leveraging game-based learning: Lessons from Dream2B

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Leveraging Game-Based Learning: Lessons from Dream2B Guest Experts: Drs. Jessica Hunt and Michelle Taub About Guest Experts Dr. Jessica Hunt is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Hunt’s research sits at…

Two Heads are Better than One: Developing Effective Co-Teaching

By Nick Hoekstra | March 22, 2022
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Two Heads are Better than One: Developing Effective Co-Teaching Guest Expert: Dr. Margaret Weiss About Dr. Weiss The guest expert of this CIDDL Research and Practice Brief is Dr. Margaret Weiss. Dr. Weiss is an associate professor in the Division…