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Project Design Principles And Applications Using Universal Design Learning (Udl)

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Conference

2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Methodology

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

14.988.1 - 14.988.14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--5544

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https://peer.asee.org/5544

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Saeed Monemi California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Saeed Sean Monemi is currently a Professor and Graduate Program Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA (Cal Poly Pomona). He is teaching a broad range of Undergraduate and Graduate level courses in electrical and computer engineering. His research areas are: Algorithms and Complex Computations, Energy Management Environments, Operating Systems, Software Engineering and Robotics. Before that, Dr. Monemi was Senior Associate Research Professor and Research Scientist at Vanderbilt University, where he conducted research in the areas of Model Integrated Computing, Diagnostics, and Fault Management Analysis. Dr. Saeed Sean Monemi received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Alabama A&M University, his Master and Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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Weicong Pan California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Mr. Weicong Pan is a senior udergraduate student in electrical and computer engineering department.

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Edward Varnado California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Mr. Edward Varnado is a senior undergraduate student in electrical and computer engineering department.

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Project Design Principles and Applications Using Universal Design Learning (UDL)

Abstract

This paper will present a structured course in student’s project design and applications using the concept of Universal Design Learning (UDL). Universal Design is an approach to designing course instruction, materials, and content to benefit people of all learning styles without adaptations or retrofitting. Universal design provides equal access to learning, not just simply equal access to information. Universal design allows the students to control the method of accessing information while the instructor monitors the learning process and initiates any beneficial methods.

Introduction

The concept of UDL1 was applied to a team senior project course. The course, EGR 481, Project Design Principles and Applications, was taught in fall 2008 using UDL concepts. EGR 481 is a required course for all engineers. Prerequisite for the course is that students must be at senior level. The course can be taught by either using UDL concept or not, the instructor will make that decision. Generally some information is contained in the course syllabus using UDL that specifies campus-based student support services, including disability support services. Multiple methods of expressing course content using innovative methods are provided so that students have varied ways to access the course content. Varied instructional methods using UDL are provided to engage students in the learning process throughout the quarter. Assessment and feedback on student’s assignments along with some clear guidelines are provided to better address student’s needs. Assistive technologies are encouraged for a clear result on student’s expressions.

Motivation for using UDL versus non-UDL based projects

Project Design Principles and Applications course (EGR 481) was taught using UDL concepts. EGR 481 is a required course for all Engineers. Prerequisite for the course is that students must be at senior level and completed some pre-requisite courses. Students registering for this course can be either from any engineering disciplines or can also be from non-engineering majors. In either case, students may face some challenges2 that could be solved by using UDL concept. These challenges or concerns of most students can be summarizes as:

– Students are struggling: • To be more pro-active • Because of slow start on projects • Because of lack of research interest • To work together • To understand transfer of technology from academia to industry – Students are not knowing: • How to allocate resources

Monemi, S., & Pan, W., & Varnado, E. (2009, June), Project Design Principles And Applications Using Universal Design Learning (Udl) Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5544

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