Dare to be the instructor with the long course waitlist

Students are unique individuals who require unique methods to learn. Too many students are failing to succeed in higher education and student retention continues to be an enormous issue. As institutions of higher education struggle to recruit, engage, and retain their students, it may be time to evaluate whether current instructional practices are still working for students.

Are you creating a safe learning environment where students are invested, engaged, and thriving? Are your students provided with options for the ways in which they learn and express what they know or can do?

As higher education class sizes grow, and more courses shift to online platforms, teachers and trainers may find it difficult to reach each student individually. This course will show how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the use of technology can work together so that teachers and trainers can create flexible curricula that facilitates instructional differentiation to support all students in a higher education setting, regardless of varying needs.

Course Details

This is a facilitated online course that will run from May 28, 2019 – July 30, 2019. This course will consist of eight modules.

Instructor: Tom Thibodeau

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 lindie@novakeducation.com 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 lindie@novakeducation.com for details and instructions for obtaining graduate credit.

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Course Objectives

Identify and effectively use Universal Design of Learning (UDL) and specific digital technologies that can be leveraged to enhance student outcomes.

Study a student’s motivation to learn and identify specific technologies that can provide multiple means of representation to students to increase their expression and engagement regardless of variability.

Explore the format of learning and student interaction with different learning environments and determine variables that impact student learning and course community formation.

Examine the concept of the learner and how various digital technologies can shape student learning in face-to-face and online classroom settings.

Develop representative models of technology use that accommodate various modes of representation and increase student expression and engagement.

Identify the instructor’s role in assessment strategies that measure student success in the documentation and development of a course lesson of their choice.

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 Instructor

Thomas Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau is the co-author of UDL in the Cloud and currently oversees and provides online professional development courses for Novak Educational Consulting. 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 facilitator of new faculty orientation, Tom stresses the use of UDL, active learning, problem-based learning and technology-enhanced teaching and learning. He managed development of NEIT’s first online degree program in Information Technology in 2002 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.


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