Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium Part Two

On April 10th, 2024, CIDDL hosted a second “Emerging Trends in Special Educational Technology” webinar to highlight the innovative work of doctoral students. The invited panelists were Lauryn Castro from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Roba Hrisseh from George Mason University, Reagan Mergen from George Mason University, and Juli Taylor from the University of Kansas. Each panelist shared their work regarding special education technology and its impact on teacher and personnel preparation, followed by a Q&A session.

Get Ready for Part Two of “Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium”

CIDDL is excited to announce our second webinar highlighting the innovative work of doctoral students across the country. In this webinar, entitled “Emerging Trends in Special Education Technology: A Doctoral Scholar Symposium,” four researchers will share their current work and future plans as they relate to special education and the impact on teacher and personnel preparation. If you missed the last webinar, be sure to check it out!

Upcoming Webinar: Unlocking Potential- A Collaborative Roadmap to Technology Integration in Special Education

On December 7th, CIDDL will host a panel of faculty members from five of the IHEs that are part of CIDDL’s Tech Alliance to share their plans to enhance technology integration in their special education preparation programs.
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Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the Framework through Technology Integration: Meaningful Representation

This blog series focuses on my experiences as a first time instructor of an introduction to special education course. At the beginning of the semester, I redesigned the course readings to provide options for recruiting interest (engagement), perception (representation), and comprehension (representation). You can learn more about that process in this blog post.
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Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the UDL Framework through Technology Integration: Minimizing Threats and Distractions

Minimizing threats and distractions falls within the UDL guidelines for engagement. Afterall, how can teacher educators expect their pre-service teachers to engage in lessons if they do not feel safe within the classroom? This checkpoint focuses on meeting the basic needs of learners.
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Re-designing and Aligning an Intro to Special Education Class to the UDL Framework through Technology Integration: An Introduction

Intro to Special Education courses within teacher preparation programs are required for a diverse group of future professionals including special education teachers, general education teachers, physical education teachers, speech pathologists, and social workers.
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UDL in Student Voices

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!