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Universal Design for Distance Education:
A Guide for Online Course Development
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About the Book
Universal Design for Distance Education: A Guide for Online Course Development was developed to introduce novice and seasoned professionals who wish to embark on distance education course and program design to a framework known as universal design for learning. One of the main goals of this book is to highlight the model we developed for designing an online course and provide a roadmap for professionals seeking to design individual courses or who wish to build distance education programs.
Each chapter focuses on distance education, and how universal design can be applied to a specific aspect of the design and delivery of distance education courses and programs. Universal Design for Distance Education: A Guide for Online Course Development will help audiences improve the design and delivery of distance education coursework. We hope that this book will serve as a “how-to” for building effective distance education courses and programs.
About the Authors
LaRon A. Scott, Ed.D., An assistant professor with the School of Education, Dr. LaRon Scott teaches graduate courses (both online and face-to-face) in teaching methods, collaboration and universal design for learning. He brings experience of effective online teaching strategies to the school, having completed the Preparing to Teach Online course through the Center for Teaching Excellence at VCU in 2012. Dr. Scott also currently serves as the director of the M.Ed. in special education’s general education track, managing the recruitment, improvement, and support of candidates. In 2014 he received the VCU School of Education’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Scott received his master’s degree in education from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Doctor of Education degree from Walden University.
Dr. Colleen A. Thoma is a nationally recognized leader in the area of self-determination and transition planning, particularly focusing on the preparation of teachers and related services personnel to facilitate self-determined transition planning for students with disabilities. Thoma is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Council for Exceptional Children (including Division on Career Development and Transition, Division for Teacher Education, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and Division on Research) and TASH. Thoma was a recent Ruderman Family Policy Fellow, working with the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination, and was named a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She received the Distinguished Research Award from the School of Education at VCU, and serves on the editorial boards of several special education journals.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Universal Design for Distance Education: A Framework for Delivering Online Courses
LaRon A. Scott and Colleen A. Thoma
Chapter 2: Introduction to Distance Education
Monty Jones and Brianne Moore-Adams
Chapter 3: Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
Christina Bartholomew and Brittany Irving
Chapter 4: Multiple Means of Representation in Distance Education
K Alisa Lowrey, Sean J. Smith, and Jobina Khoo
Chapter 5: Multiple Means of Expression
Chapter 6: Student Engagement in Online and Distance Learning
Monica L. Simonsen, Mary E. Morningstar, and Jingrong Xie
Chapter 7: Universal Design through Openly Networked Connected Learning
Laura Gogia and Jonathan Becker
Chapter 8: Template for Universal Design for Learning Distance Education Courses
LaRon A. Scott, Peter Temple, and Colleen A. Thoma