Infiniscope Workshop: Inquiry-Based, Active, Remote Learning Using UDL
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In response to educators continuing online in the fall semester, the Infiniscope team offered 94 educators from all over the U.S. a 3-day active learning online workshop held July 20-22, 2020. The workshop featured an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by Dr. Katie Novak in cooperation with WBGH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classroom Initiative, NASA resources with specific UDL integrations such as the accessibility toolkit by NASA eClips, and expert educators from the Infiniscope Advisory Board and the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative to share practical UDL experiences.
The focus was an introduction of UDL as a methodology to rethink classroom instruction and apply its principles in the remote learning environment. As an active learning strategy, educators were tasked with rewriting a lesson during the workshop to include UDL Principles and implement online learning tools and resources. Educators documented their UDL journey (example 1, example 2) throughout the week and will deploy this new lesson in the first 9 weeks of school.