This course is not yet completed.
I fell in love with the concept of Universal Design for Learning as soon as I heard of it, and I based one of my projects on studying it. The VoiceThread was completed during my studies at McDaniel College, but UDL was very much the skeleton of my course that I developed for this course. The course design assignment was very much a collaborative effort between all of my classmates over the entire semester. I was able to showcase my enjoyment of providing appropriate, constructive feedback at each stage for many of my colleagues. I also learned the basic skill of instructional design, which is to analyze situations by defining needs and developing evaluation strategies.
The discussion board of this course was especially thought-provoking, as this reply from the instructor shows:
In your post you show a deep level of critical thinking. I especially liked your statement:
‘Personally, I see a danger in saying that every domain must use different instructional design strategies AND a danger in saying that a certain skill can be taught to everyone using a single design strategy, even across domains. The first statement does not acknowledge the many similarities between learning contexts, while the second does not account for human uniqueness.’
I believe this shows a strong understanding of how instructional designers have to balance the general with the specific.
What I’d like to hear more about is how you will apply the theories within Gagne’s nine events of instruction!