Building Engagement with Distance Learning
DL #20: Online Inclusive Education: Guidelines and Considerations for Planning Virtual Lessons
Given the new reality for learning in public schools this year, planning for online instruction is essential. Planning for instruction is particularly challenging when also navigating how to maintain continuity within inclusive classrooms that shift from face-to-face classes to online learning. What principles of best-practice in face-to-face instruction transfer over to distance learning and what are the principles of best-practice for online instruction?
Keeping the big picture in mind when planning virtual lessons is key. The ultimate goal for instructional design is to plan interactions that are inclusive and accessible to all students. As many schools are using virtual learning options for all ages, older students are more likely to access the majority of their learning online. It is recommended that teachers in inclusive classrooms use UDL for planning and delivering lessons that consider multiple ways to present information to students, provide opportunities for active student response, and engage students in the virtual lesson (CAST, 2018).
Considerations for teachers when lesson planning
Suggestions to Enhance Inclusive Virtual Lessons
Presenting information to students
Providing opportunities for active student response
Engaging students in the virtual lesson
CAST. (2018). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines (version 2.2). Retrieved from https://udlguidelines.cast.org/
Distance Learning Series: DL #20, August, 2020
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