June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Design in Engineering Education
14.988.1 - 14.988.14
Project Design Principles and Applications Using Universal Design Learning (UDL)
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.
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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