The inaugural call for proposals resulted in one funded project, described below. The project will unfold over the 2018-2019 academic year.
Project Title: Universal Design in Higer Education: From Principles to Practice (2nd ed.)
Project Team: Maureen Wikete Lee, Ph.D. (team leader), Karen Myers, Ph.D., and Robert Cole, Ph.D., all from the School of Education
Description of the Project: The faculty of the School of Education’s Undergraduate Teacher Education Program began a curricular reinvention during the 2017-2018 academic year. As of April 2018, program outcomes have been developed for the new curriculum. This project supports continuing work by placing the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework at the forefront of the curricular redesign process. As the faculty move to the next stages in curricular development, the Reinert Center’s question, “How can we create more inclusive learning experiences for our students?” provides an essential guide for the curricular work. The Project Team will guide this framing through a book study in which faculty and adjunct instructors in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program read Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice (2nd ed.) (Burgstahler, Ed., 2015) and the Reinert Center’s Inclusive Teaching Practices web resources, and attend book study lunch gatherings to discuss and reflect on how this information connects to their continued engagement in curricular redesign.
The project is expected to result in multiple artifacts that can be shared with the broader SLU community in order to advance inclusive teaching across the University.