Refine and Enrich your Practice
UDL is a framework to eliminate barriers to learning, embrace variability and eliminate inequitable opportunities for students. The focus is often on how to help students become expert learners but in this course, we will focus on what it means to be an expert teacher by focusing on improving practice through thoughtful goal-setting, reflection, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Immerse yourself in a personalized professional development experience that will allow you to grow in areas where you struggle while honoring your strengths and journey along the way. You will have the opportunity to design your own improvement targets, data sets, and artifacts as you dive more deeply into how UDL improves your practice in quantifiable ways.
Pre-requisite: UDL Now! or equivalent knowledge.
This is a facilitated online course that will run from July 27-August 24, 2020. This course will consist of eight online asynchronous modules. You may complete the modules and work on your own time but must pass in assignments by their due dates.
Instructor: Thomas Thibodeau
Cost: $445 for 36 contact hours (3 graduate credits may be obtained for an additional fee of $225)
($25 discount per enrollment available to schools/districts that enroll 3 or more educators. Please contact Lindie Johnson at email@example.com for details.)
This course is equivalent to 3.6 CEUs and 36 contact hours. All participants who receive a grade of C or better will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course.
Graduate credit may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College. Graduate credit must be obtained prior to the beginning of the course. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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Understand what it means to be an expert teacher by assessing your strengths and weaknesses and applying UDL best practices to overcome barriers
Learn how to use goal setting, collaboration, and data to improve your teaching practice and become and expert teacher
Design improvement targets and data sets using UDL best practices to improve your teaching in quantifiable ways
This course requires participants to be engaged and prepared for each and every assignment.
The course will be offered online through eight asynchronous modules yet students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants through Canvas discussion boards. Participants will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work (just as students in their class should be given the same respect using the UDL framework).
All students must create a Canvas account and login to view modules and assignments. All assignments must be submitted electronically through Canvas. All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.
Students will be provided with regular feedback and rubrics to help them determine how they will be assessed throughout the course.
About Your Instructor
Tom Thibodeau is the co-author of UDL in the Cloud and currently oversees and provides online professional development courses with Katie Novak.
Tom has also been an assistant provost at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI for 19 years. As assistant provost, Tom serves as the division chair for nine academic departments with 23 degree programs (AS, BS, MS & Doctorate) and over 1,200 students. He also leads faculty development, outcomes assessment and attendance tracking through a team-based approach. As the facilitator of new faculty orientation, Tom stresses the use of UDL, active learning, problem-based learning, and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. He managed the development of NEIT’s first online degree program in Information Technology and implemented a new curriculum mapping process throughout the university.
Tom started at NEIT in 1990 as an adjunct instructor in video production and then an assistant professor, department chair and director of the Center for Distributed Learning and the Faculty Resource Center. He has been working in online learning since 1996.