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Designing for Universal Success

hand drawn concept map of the principles of universal design for learning

Dr. Deb Castiglione is the Universal Design and Instructional Technology Specialist at CELT. She has worked to get a campus-wide license at the University of Kentucky for the software Read&Write Gold, which follows principles of universal design for learning. We asked Dr. Castiglione about what the software can do for learners, and why we should think more about inclusive practices such as universal design in our teaching.

Innovation + Design Lab 2016

CELT staff and ID Lab participants holding posters of learning outcomes

Last spring, instructors from across campus met with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) to begin course prep work at the third annual Innovation + Design Lab (I+D Lab). As part of the eLearning Innovation Initiative (eLII), the I+D Lab is a three-day intensive instructional design workshop for UK faculty members to develop tech-enhanced face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.

On Cheating and Prosperity

andre the giant "obey" graffiti posters on concrete walls

At the outset of a new academic year, we'd do well to reflect on how we pitch academic integrity—and the concept of cheating—to our students. Not only does it affect how they see us as teachers and scholars; it also affects in profound ways how we see (or don't see) students as complex human beings. And this asks us to go against our gut reactions to the apparent moral legibility of cheating. If we understand cheating as an evasive concept, and as a product of our institutions, we're much less likely to incentivize it.

Game-Based Learning...And Law?

the judges' bench of the colorado supreme court

In response to the American Bar Association's new learning outcomes for law students, Professor Roberta Harding adapted strategies from digital humanities and gamification to legal education. Using the Ivanhoe software, Professor Harding designed a semester-long, role-playing, digital game in order to reimagine how students approached casework in an introductory criminal law course.

Mining an Educational Partnership

professor khalil standing and smiling with CELT director kathi kern and UDL specialist deb castiglione

Abdul Khalil, Professor of Mining Engineering at Balkh University in Afghanistan, recently participated in an international collaboration with the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering and Department of Mining Engineering. As part of the program, Professor Khalil attended a series of curriculum and instructional workshops led by CELT. He hopes that incorporating new teaching and learning strategies will yield better opportunities for his students, who will be able to complete their degrees and find locally-based jobs exploring the region’s terrain.

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