The Why: Multiple Means of Engagement

Multiple Means of Engagement

Every one of us has strengths and limitations when it comes to learning and teaching. We know that there is a wide variety of Community college students, ranging from those entering at the developmental level, grad students meeting a requirement or professionals looking to fulfill continuing education requirements. In addition to varying competencies, we must also keep in mind that it is most effective to design our courses to minimize barriers for all, including students with disabilities. While we can’t anticipate the types of disabilities that students may need, we can plan to remove as many barriers as possible by presenting engaging materials in multiple ways. Further, offering multiple assessment options, ensures authenticity of learning and competency. When students need accommodations beyond what we, as instructors, are able to offer, then those will be provided by the Center for Student Access.

How is bowling like teaching? You may be surprised! If inclusive education is going to move forward, we have to teach to the outside edges.

Think back to the introduction presentation questions, “Do you drive a vehicle?” and “Have you ever had to share that vehicle with someone?” When you operate a vehicle with settings that are in place for someone other than you, how might it impact your ability to drive?

The hope of “WHY UDL” is to give faculty options for Recruiting Interest, Sustaining Effort & Persistence and Self Regulation. For more information on The Why of Universal Design for, check out the CAST Website.