Covid Teaching with NAU Flex and Universal Design for Learning

Authors: Dawn Hawley*, Northern Arizona University
Topics: Geography Education, Education
Keywords: geographic education, covid teaching, universal design in learning
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 52
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Covid impacted methods of teaching and engaging students and has required quick rethinking of course structure and flexibility in content and learning methods. Northern Arizona University created the NAU Flex model of teaching using the BB Learn platform and a choice of distance learning technologies with Covid-responsible in-person opportunities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) responsive ideas and methods were added to courses to increase student learning opportunities for diverse learners, especially in light of “Zoom fatigue” or distance platform resistance. UDL addresses engagement (why), representation (what), and action and expression. With students having little choice in using NAU Flex, UDL was used to create learning opportunities to engage and use student strengths and choice in assignments and learning, different modes of representation to present information and allow multiple means of action and expression to give options for students to express what they know, and reducing barriers to learning.

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