Using UDL to explore best practices in teaching online statistics: The impact of COVID-19 on academic learning
Abstract: Due to the pandemic, there has been a rise in online learning in all academic areas. Some question the quality of the courses that are being delivered online due to the rapid conversion from traditional learning to online learning. With the help of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we are better able to provide students with multiple means of accessing a course based on presentation, action and expression, and engagement and interaction. Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that focuses on providing equal learning opportunities for all individuals. UDL is based upon three main principles: representation, action and expression and engagement. Within representation, UDL recommends offering information in more than one format. Action and expression suggest giving kids more than one way to interact with the material and to show what they have learned. Engagement encourages teachers to look for multiple ways to motivate students. The online statistics courses being examined were taught online prior to the pandemic as well as during the pandemic. Overall course grades and course comments were examined to determine if course grades were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.