A dog wearing glasses sits and works at a tablet.

Using CIDDL’s Resources in Your Personnel Preparation Courses

Author: Samantha Goldman; info@ciddl.org

The Fall semester has started at many universities. As you consider innovative ways to assign course content to your students, be sure to look around the CIDDL site for tools that align to your course goals. Within CIDDL, there are many resources that may help you provide background knowledge to your students in courses studying Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Assistive Technology (AT), Educational Technology, and overall integration of technology into classrooms.

A Brief Overview of the Resources within CIDDL

As a center that focuses on the principles of UDL, we provide content in a variety of means. If you are reading this post, you know we offer blogs on many different topics. The benefit of blogs is they are short and easily digestible pieces that are very focused on one topic. Next, we have webinars, which you can watch live or recorded. These videos focus on relevant and current topics in the areas of personnel preparation. Our Research and Practice Briefs offer interviews with experts through reports and videos that focus on up-and-coming research in the areas of technology and special education. And, you have to check out our CIZZLEs.

Looking for Resources on Accessibility… Try These!

CIDDL’s Nick Hoekstra recently discussed how he uses tech tools like Alexa, screen readers, and timers when cooking in the kitchen in this CIZZLE (He also received the “Golden Spatula” as Season One’s winning chef). In a recent blog post, he described virtual reality tools that allow for orientation and mobility practice for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. CIDDL interviewed Dr. Dave Edyburn in a Research and Practice Brief that focuses on AT from the past, present, and future.  And, we have an entire series dedicated to assistive technology, explaining how AT is used and discussing specific tools.

Looking for Resources on Teaching in the Online and Hybrid Environment... Try These!

CIDDL, in partnership with CEEDAR, had an entire affinity group dedicated to the topic. You can watch them with your students on-demand or read the accompanying blog posts and access the notes and resources. We also did an overview on the topic through a recorded webinar.

Looking for Your Pre-Service Teachers or Faculty to Engage in Conversations about Technology?

Our CIDDL community was designed just for that. We are constantly looking to add new voices to our network, and welcome you to join the conversation. Whether you have a question about innovative technology, want to share your research, or are looking to engage in conversation, there is a space for you!