Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying UDL principles: Allowing learners to show what they know in multiple ways, part of Teaching with Technology.
- Now it's time to look at Multiple Means of Expression. In other words, we'll look at using technology to give students pathways to show they've reached a learning outcome and assess their improvement. First, let's look at allowing students to show what they know in different ways. Here are just a couple suggestions. The first can take advantage of technology, but can be done with paper just as easily. Provide multiple question options for essay tests. For each section of an essay test provide more than one question option. They should all relate to the same core concept from the class.
Make sure every question on the page will allow students to demonstrate achievement of the same learning outcome. Tell students to answer only one question from each page of the test. Ask students to submit an essay as the basic assignment. For an extra challenge, allow students to use the essay as a script and submit an audio presentation or podcast episode, screencast and online presentation with VoiceThread, or even a digital storytelling video. A well-crafted rubric should work to assess any of these formats.
Now let's look at giving students a chance to check their progress. Students can check their progress through comparison. Provide exemplars of quality work. Try using an electronic portfolio gallery of the best work submitted in previous classes, or post example submissions that you mock-up yourself. Students can also check their progress through planning and reflection. Create prompts and give credit for planning and reflection throughout the assessment process. Encourage students to set goals and deadlines that show they understand the amount of work involved for large projects.
Ask them to reflect as they reach each goal. They can use a blog tool for both. These UDL strategies help everyone, not just students who have disabilities. Technology can help students show they've reached a learning outcome and allow them to assess their improvement. Before reviewing another movie take a minute to answer the following questions for yourself. Are you allowing students to use different approaches to show they've met one or more learning outcomes? Are you providing examples of what students should produce? And, are you providing strong reflection prompts and self assessment strategies that support students as they follow their own progress?
Author Kevin Kelly explains how learning outcomes can be adapted to support technology in the classroom, and guides educators through selecting the appropriate technology for their activity, module, or class. Then he shows how to apply technology in three key areas: finding, creating, and sharing content with students; facilitating classroom activities; and assessing learning inside the classroom or online.
- Including technology in your learning outcomes
- Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
- Finding and creating content and instructional materials
- Enhancing lectures and presentations with technology
- Getting students involved
- Facilitating in-class activities
- Assessing learning
- Teaching effectively online