UDL tip of the week: Week 3 TodaysMeet

This is week 3 in the UDL Tip of the Week Series from Instructional Technology Services in IITS. UDL Tip is a weekly series highlighting instructional technologies that align with the UDL guidelines, with a focus on easy-to-implement tools.

Week 3: UDL Tip of the week: TodaysMeet

 

Do you have a big class? Do you have students who are hesitant to ask questions or participate in class discussions? Are you planning an event with a large group of people? Do you give your participants an alternative way to ask questions and share ideas besides raising their hands and verbally sharing? Some participants might appreciate alternative ways to ask questions and share ideas. You might want to try a simple backchannel program such as TodaysMeet.

What is TodaysMeet?

  • It is a backchannel program lets participants ask questions or give comments.
  • It is free.
  • Setting up a chat area in TodaysMeet is very simple.
  • You pick a name for your chat room.
  • You set how long you want your room to exist. (1 hour, 2 hours, 8 hours, 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month)
  • You simply send the url to invite people to your chat area.
  • Participants do not need to make an account. They just need to pick a nickname. So they can be anonymous.
  • It could give time for people to formulate their thoughts before sharing.

 

This UDL of the week series promotes 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.

 

There are a lot of ways to implement UDL without any technology. We hope that other departments will join and share the UDL tips from the area of the expertise.

Week 1 Tip: Explain Everything (Interactive whiteboard tool)
Week 2 Tip: VoiceThread (Asynchronous online presentation tool)

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