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Meeting Learners Where They Are: Using Available Tools Effectively to Promote and Support Learner E
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About this session:

Institutions often wrestle with selecting and supporting solutions that not only support student learning, but are effective, affordable, accessible and easy to integrate with current processes. The landscape of learning technology across campuses today is increasingly dynamic and interconnected, so we use survey tools and research available literature to match needs with feasible best practices and options.

The modern classroom demands that we use available technologies to support a learning style that is active, inclusive and learner­-centered. Our answer: Universal Design & Active Learning (UDAL). At UW Bothell, we have been integrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into our training materials, support sessions, active learning classrooms, and tool vetting processes.

Presentation Objectives

  • Define and Describe UDAL
  • Share with the community successful processes implemented at UW Bothell to promote universal accessibility
  • Share case use scenarios in which UDAL was successfully implemented

Universal Design for Learning and Active Learning principles support and encourage student learning. Implementing well­-thought­-out and tested checkpoints and processes improve access for all students and faculty, provide better tool recommendations and enhance the support our diverse community.

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About the presenter:

Ana Thompson, University of Washington Bothell

Ana Thompson, the newest member of Learning Technologies at University of Washington Bothell, enjoys working with faculty members to strategize the use of technology tools in and outside the classroom and promote digital fluency. Ana has extensive experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS), web programming, adult learning, open source technologies, Copyright and Fair Use, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and finding innovative ways to use old and new tools.

Ana comes from Boise State University, where she was an instructional design consultant assigned to the support of the Schools of Business and Health Sciences faculty. She was involved in the Hybrid, ePortfolio, and Accessibility Learning Communities as well as the Mobile Learning Program. As part of the campus Accessibility Committee, she was one of the authors of the Accessibility at Boise State White Paper, a compendium of the current status of accessibility on campus and recommendations to move forward with the Campus Accessibility Initiative.

Before Boise State, Ana served at Casper College, one of the seven Wyoming Community Colleges, as the Director of Distance Education. During her 4­year tenure, all courses were converted from WebCT to the Moodle LMS, hybrid/blended teaching was re-­implemented, new centralized processes were put in place to caption all multimedia course content, evening and weekend Help Desk support were added for students and faculty, a new system for copyrighted electronic materials was put online, and UDL and Quality Matters were made part of faculty training and support.

Ana holds a Master of Science in Information Systems, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems and Management, and an Associate’s degree in Computer Science. Ana enjoys tinkering with software and gadgets, ballroom dancing, karaoke, anything science fiction, and spending time with her family.