Universal Design for Learning: Strategies for Blended and Online Learning
|Semester-based, asynchronous online courses offer students much flexibility to take on 3-credit courses that fulfill their elective requirements as part of their degree or certificate programs. A few samples of online courses at JIBC are ENGL-1100 Academic Writing, BUSN-1100 Business Communications, PSYC-1100 Intro to Psychology, and RESM-2100 Research Methods.
These online courses offer a high level of flexibility and allow learners to work independently online. Syllabus and assignment guideline documents are always available, which allows learners to plan out their 14-week at the start of the course. Weekly modules follow a consistent design template and create a predictable learning experience for all students.
However, because it is fully online, it may not contain an in-person face-to-face component. The barriers that emerge can be related to feelings of community and connectedness, to self-regulation, and to mapping the course structures.
Read the example again, and ask yourself:
- What may be some of the barriers in this blended learning course?
- If you are the instructor, how might you address the barriers using UDL framework?