What opportunities are available for learners to be actively engaged? Knowing that active participation is key to learning, consider adopting various ways that students can actively participate in class. Active participation strengthens learning and, ultimately, the effectiveness of your instruction. Start by identifying the potential barriers to engagement in your class. While some students may thrive giving presentations and actively participating in front of the class, it can create barriers for other students such as students with anxiety or depression but also students who come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Individual learner variability is the norm not the exception. It is essential to provide options for students to engage with the material, such as, small group discussions, online discussions or group presentations to give all students the opportunity to equally engage with their learning.
Take away tool: Recording Lectures and Posting Powerpoints
Take away tool: Participation
Take away tool: Peer Evaluation
We hope many faculty and course instructors will be encouraged to contact the OSD and to showcase their own Universal Design initiatives and practices so that their colleagues can benefit and explore similar paths. If you are interested in showcasing some of your UD exploration, please contact tanja [dot] beck [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Tanja Beck)