Instructional Technology Services in IITS is collaborating with ADS, OAR, Writing Center, and other departments to promote Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a framework that is useful in designing curricula that meet the needs of all learners. The UDL framework takes a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to the curricula and it includes flexibility & alternatives and reduces barriers for all students to become expert learners. You can read about UDL Principles and UDL Guidelines by CAST, an organization that works to expand learning opportunities to all individuals using UDL.
For the rest of the spring semester, Instructional Technology Services will be sharing instructional technology weekly tips that align with the UDL guidelines: we will be focusing on easy-to-implement technologies. There are a lot of ways to implement the UDL guidelines without using any technology. Therefore, we will welcome any and all departments to join and share UDL tips from your area of expertise.
Week 1: UDL Tip of the week: Whiteboard App Explain Everything
Explain Everything is a mobile whiteboard app with an infinite blank canvas. With this app, you can:
- Add photos, videos, and other documents.
- Draw and annotate.
- Walk around the classroom interacting with students and explaining materials visually from wherever you are by projecting your iPad wirelessly.
- Record your voice as well as everything you write on the iPad and share it with your students after the class.
Watch this 30-second video by Explain Everything. We have one iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil that a faculty member can borrow for the rest of the semester. We also have five Explain Everything licenses that can be used with your device.
There are a few faculty members who have been using this app. You can watch the presentation Associate Professor of Classics, Bret Mulligan made at the last IITS Teaching with Technology Forum and learn how he has been using that app in his classroom.