Promote deeper learning by using best practices of design

Building on research in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), learner experience design (LXD), human-centered design, and architectural design, teachers will learn to identify design challenges and barriers in the instructional process that prevent all students from experiencing deep learning.

In this course, educators will learn how the tenets of design they rely on every day apply to our learning environments. This design becomes increasingly important as students discover who they are, what they want to do, and as they craft their plans for college and careers and figure out how they fit into their communities and the world around them.

This course will help educators reposition themselves as professionals in the field by moving away from being lesson planners and unleashing their inner designer.

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Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from August 1, 2019 – September 26, 2019. This course will consist of eight modules.

Instructors: Joni Degner & Bryan Dean of DTour Professional Learning

Cost: $445 for 36 contact hours (3.6 CEUs). Graduate credit (3 credits) may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College.

($20 discount per enrollment available to schools/districts that enroll 3 or more educators. Please contact Lindie Johnson at for details.)

All participants who receive a grade of C or better will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. Those who pay the additional fee to Gordon College will also receive 3 graduate level credits. Contact Lindie Johnson at details and instructions for obtaining graduate credit.

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Course Objectives

Learn how to identify flaws in the instructional design process that prevent all students from experiencing deep learning

Understand how learning environments can have a profound effect on student engagement and achievement

Gain a better understanding of how UDL can help teachers challenge all students, allowing them to reach their college and career goals

Course Requirements

This course is offered online through eight weekly modules. Students can complete activities and assignments on their own time but should be mindful of assignment deadlines. 

Students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants and the course instructor 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 Instructors

DTour Professional LearningThis course is offered together with DTour Professional Learning.
DTour is an exciting new partnership in learner centered design! Internationally recognized educational experts Bryan Dean and Joni Degner are DTour Professional Learning.

Dtour Professinal Learning
Bryan Dean and Joni Degner

Joni Degner

Joni Degner is an internationally recognized professional learning designer, UDL facilitator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) in Columbus, Indiana, and co-owner of DTour Professional Learning. Joni’s 10 years of classroom experience and 6 years of work as a professional learning designer and instructional coach are driven by her relentless commitment to honoring learner variability and diversity. Joni designs professional learning and learning resources in Universal Design for Learning, Cultural Responsiveness, Implicit Bias, and Developmental Relationships  for teachers, instructional leaders and community members in her home school district in Columbus, Indiana, as well as nationally and internationally. In her shoulder-to-shoulder work with teachers and instructional leaders, Joni is committed to transforming schools into institutions of opportunity by focusing on teachers as designers, a strong knowledge of UDL and learner-centered design, as well as short-term and longitudinal implementation strategies that boost teacher efficacy and student engagement. Joni is a committed partner to CAST and the UDL-IRN.  She has delivered several impactful keynotes for the CAST Annual UDL Symposium and the UDL-IRN International Summit. She’s a writer, reader, a glass-banging hockey mom, and devotee to all things design.

Bryan Dean

Bryan Dean is an Instructional Designer and co-owner of DTour Professional Learning. Bryan has been working with hard-to-reach students with emotional impairments, conduct disorder, behavioral difficulties, and low interest for more than 16 years. Bryan has experience designing Professional Learning around Learner Experience Design, Specially Designed Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, New Teacher Induction, Design Thinking, Deep Learning, and strategies for students in emotional dysregulation. In addition to the designing of professional learning, he has designed virtual learning environments, worked on longitudinal system implementation and design, designed organizational culture and climate change models, and developed a unique UDL coaching system based on appreciative and ontological coaching matrices. Bryan currently serves on the UDL-IRN Board of Directors, is a member of the CAST PL Cadre, and a moderator for #udlchat, a twitter based dialogue focused on UDL.


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