Learning Design and Pedagogy

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Inclusive Education (5 Links)

  1. Inclusive Teaching Strategies.
    A series of six brochures from the University of Nottingham covering some of the general issues affecting disabled students. The brochures cover: Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Hearing Impairment, Mobility Impairment and Visual Impairment. At present, they are only available in PDF format.
  2. Learning Support for Disabled Students Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities.
    A set of leaflets for students with various disabilities who are undertaking fieldwork.
  3. Making Your Teaching Inclusive
    by the Open University, 2006.
    Practical advice on teaching inclusively, staff development resources, and videos of staff and student experiences.
  4. Teaching Inclusively Using Technology
    by JISC TechDis, 2008.
    This resource contains five mini-tutorials for teachers in HE (Higher Education) and covers the teaching of: economics; art, design and media; information and computer sciences; physical sciences; HE in FE (Further Education); and a generic module on teaching inclusively using technology.
  5. The Experience of Learning at University by Disabled Students in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Related Disciplines: Report on the Inclusive Curriculum Project (ICP) Student Survey
    by T Hall and M Healey, March 2004.
    This report contains the results of a survey of disabled students taking geography, earth and environmental sciences. It highlights the types of barriers that exist for disabled students in both classroom and fieldwork situations.

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Instructional and Learning Design (4 Links)

  1. Universal Design for Learning.
    UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is a new paradigm for teaching, learning, and assessment, drawing on new brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual learner differences. CAST is an educational organization which uses technology to expand opportunities for people, and has a particular focus on universal design for learning.
  2. Universal Instructional Design and Learning Disabled (LD) Students - On-Line Course Materials (PDF format - 94Kb).
    This teaching strategy from the UID (Universal Instructional Design) Project based in the University of Guelph describes some of the issues which should be considered when designing e-learning for "Learning Disabled" students. However, many of the suggestions may also apply to all e-learning.
  3. Universal Instructional Design - Implementation Guide (PDF format - 391Kb)
    by Jaellanya Palmer, University of Guelph, December 2003.
    This implementation guide details the seven principles of universal instructional design and gives implementation examples.
  4. What is Universal Instructional Design?
    A set of principles inspired by universal design, which can be applied to learning design. This section is part of the University of Guelph's Universal Instructional Design Project.

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Pedagogy (7 Links)

  1. Accessible Curricula: Good Practice for All (PDF Format - 804Kb)
    by Carol Doyle and Karen Robson, University of Wales Institute, 2002.
    This paper helps curriculum designers to produce 'barrier-free' course materials and to deliver them appropriately.
  2. Does It Have To Spin? A Best Practices Framework for Distributed Education (PDF format - 145Kb)
    by Karen McCall, Karlen Communications, 2003.
    This paper recommends that online courses should meet the needs of the institution, tutor and students and should not focus on technology for technology's sake. It gives suggestions on how this can be achieved.
  3. Reversing Notions of Disability and Accommodation: Embracing Universal Design in Writing Pedagogy and Web Space
    by Patricia Dunn and Kathleen Dunn de Mers.
    This article discusses how the teaching of writing can be enhanced by a commitment to the principles of universal design.
  4. Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities: An Introduction to Web-based Process-Oriented Instruction
    by Greg Gay, Center for Academic and Adaptive Technology, 2000.
    This paper looks at the pedagogy used in a web-based course for students with learning disabilities.
  5. Teachability: Creating an Accessible Curriculum for Students with Disabilities.
    This document gives guidance on considerations that should be made in order to ensure that the learning needs of disabled students are met. It covers student induction, teaching, practicals, trips away, and assessment.
  6. The Beginning Literacy Framework (PDF format - 681Kb)
    The American Beginning Literacy Framework is designed for people with learning disabilities and children just starting to read.
  7. The Keys to Usability in e-Learning Websites
    by A Kukulska-Hume and L Shield, Open University, 2004.
    This article discusses the usability of educational websites and "pedagogical usability".

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