A MOOC on universal design for learning designed based on the UDL paradigm

Keywords: educational technology, inclusion, instructional design, accessibility, online course

Abstract

This article presents the design and pilot of an open online course, based on the principle of universal design for learning (Center for Applied Special Technology, 2011), to promote inclusive virtual education as an improvement transferable to other contexts. The course constitutes the first massive open online course (MOOC) training proposal of the University of Atlántico in Colombia. In this case study, we employed the instructional design methodology of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation (Branch, 2009) and the universal design for learning guidelines. The design of this online training activity enhances the quality of inclusive virtual education, improves accessibility with no need for platform adjustments, and involves participants in their learning. This educational initiative complements the academic offer for students, graduates, administrators, teachers, and external guests, and contributes to the democratisation of education. The result is the creation of a MOOC, “Inclusive Educational Contexts: Design for all”, which is accessible to a diverse range of learners.

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Author Biography

Emilio Crisol Moya, University of Granada
Department of Didactics and School Organization. Assistant Professor Doctor
Published
2019-12-28
Section
Special Issue 2019 - Digital Equity