Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a powerful framework that emphasizes the importance of empowering students to be the owners and leaders of their learning. UDL leads us to ask what are students needing from higher education institutions to help them reach their goals? The Student Voice survey study from Inside Higher Education and College Pulse has given us new insight into what students are asking for, and what role UDL can play in helping all students succeed in their postsecondary careers. The study received responses from 3,004 responses from students at 128 two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Students from around the world are clearly asking for what UDL has been recommending for years!
CIDDL is the Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning and our mission is to improve faculty’s capacity to use educational technology in personnel preparation programs. Part of our role is to teach about new and emerging technologies as they relate to students with disabilities, teachers and related service providers, higher education faculty, and other leaders in education. We do this through blog posts (like this one), webinars, research and practice briefs, and CIZZLEs.
Teachers, principals, and school districts have been battling cell phones and other mobile technologies (remember pagers?) in the classroom for nearly two decades. Reasons cited as to why these devices should be banned from the classroom include cheating, bullying, and illegal/ illicit activities. But, in the digital age, where students entering the workforce are expected to have an understanding of not only basic technology, but how to leverage it to maximize productivity and creativity, shouldn’t those in education be looking for ways to leverage mobile devices to support student learning? In this blog post, we will explore the ways in which recent literature proposes mobile devices can be used in K-12 classrooms and make suggestions as to how these can transfer to higher education.