A MOOC for U: The design of a MOOC based on Universal Design for Learning

ID: 50612 Type: Best Practices
  1. Ritushree Chatterjee, Darshana Juvale, and Nadia Jaramillo, Iowa State University, United States

Thursday, March 9 1:45 PM-2:05 PM Location: Capitol H View on map

Presider: Yasin Ozarslan, Yasar University, Turkey

Abstract: “Iowa Presidential Caucuses” was the university’s first foray into the world of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This paper focuses on how the design decisions, particularly those related to the course layout, structure and content/multi-media creation, were informed by the principles of UDL in order to minimize barriers and maximize learning (Rose & Meyer, 2002). A consistent navigation throughout the course; different means of accessing the course materials (videos, readings, transcripts); accessible content and a need based learner participation and interaction were incorporated. This paper also describes the design and development phases, based on the Backward Design framework (Wiggins, 2005). The best practices described in this paper can be universally applied to all online courses to create a learning environment conducive for diverse learners


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