What are students looking for in an online statistics course? Using UDL for online course development.

Virtual Paper ID: 56115
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    Melanie Shores
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Abstract: What are students looking for in an online statistics course? Some students are hesitant to sign up for an online course but even more so when it comes to “learning statistics online”. 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. For example, textbooks are primarily visual. However, providing text, audio, video and hands-on learning gives all kids a chance to access the material in whichever way is best suited to their learning strengths. Action and expression suggests giving kids more than one way to interact with the material and to show what they have learned. For example, students might get to choose between taking a pencil-and-paper test, giving an oral presentation or doing a group project. Engagement encourages teachers to look for multiple ways to motivate students. Students from online statistics courses were surveyed to examine whether UDL implementation was helpful in their success


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