University of South Australia
4:00 PM Shifting Pedagogy and Embedding Digital Learning in to Enabling Programs at UniSA College for Building Student Engagement
With an increasing demand for digital skills and with the prevalence of technology in today’s society, it is vital that digital literacies are embedded into courses. UniSA College provides a one year Foundation Studies program which provide a structured transition to university. Jennifer has been employing innovative teaching approaches to build student engagement, with a focus on technology, equity, interactivity and new media. In this session, Jennifer will provide an overview of the work she has been doing to help students develop digital literacy skills for the future workforce.
Jennifer will also provide advice on embedding Universal Design for Learning as a design principle for creating accessible digital content which engages 21st Century learners.
- Development of an innovative new course: Digital Literacy: Screen, Web and New Media
- Allowing students to choose subjects which are meaningful for them will increase engagement, facilitate deep learning, develop problem solving and analytical skills
- Adopting Universal Design for Learning approaches in creating and implementing blended learning programs
4:30 PM Creating Engaging Content, Inclusive Classrooms and Curriculum to Encourage Active Learning using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
One of the biggest challenges that higher education institutions face currently is designing programs which can develop students’ academic attributes, digital literacies and employability skills.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework that helps educators plan learning to meet the diverse of all students. UDL will allow teachers to optimize their teaching and learning, while tailoring content to support diverse student needs and interests. Jennifer Stokes is the Course Coordinator for the UniSA College courses Digital Literacy and Information Skills, where she has successfully embedded these approaches, providing demonstrable increases in accessibility, engagement and students outcomes.
In this interactive workshop, participants will be given an overview of Universal Design for Learning and practical ways they can embed these approaches in their practice. Freely available software and alternate approaches to engage students through digital forms will be discussed. Participants will explore how flexible support for learning can be embedded into their learning environments. This session will also be an opportunity for participants to practice applying the model to their own questions, issues and/or problems associated with blended learning. In addition to the model presentation, the workshop will be discussion-based and respond to participants’ needs.
Key Learning Outcomes:
- Overview of Universal Design for Learning
- Models of Universal Design for Learning in practice
- Opportunities to trial free Universal Design for Learning tools and approaches
- Time to discuss specific questions and challenges