Universal Design for Learning
Distributed Learning and Technology
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AbstractFor this project-based thesis, the focus was to create an equitable online course Web site for adult learners. The design framework for the Masters of Arts in Education (MAE) online class called Technology as a Tool for Inclusion in Multi-cultural Classrooms incorporates Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and The World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) basic access guidelines, to create an equitable online environment. In other words, through copying and pasting the content and instruction from the original course documents into the course Web site, and incorporating UDL principles, the course Web site accommodates adult learners capacities that exist in connection between their inherent qualities of their three brain networks and digital media. For example, Rose and Meyer (2000) write that to support UDL principles the recognition network provides multiple, flexible methods of presentation; to support the strategic network there are multiple, flexible methods of expression and apprenticeship; and to support the affective network there are multiple, flexible options for engagement. As well, the World Wide Web Consortium (1999) developed W3C, to include interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools). Moreover, by bases the design framework on UDL principles and W3C basic access guidelines will create an equitable online learning environment for adult learners through eliminating barriers to learning. It is my hope that this course Web site will inspire educators to eliminate barriers to learning, and create an equitable learning environment that supports learners.