Track: Keynote Tour

Title Universal Design for Learning in VW
Author(s): Blu Heron
Moderator(s):Ladyslipper Constantine
Date Friday, March 16 10:00
Location: HealthInfo Island
Abstract It is impossible to create a virtual classroom which is usable by everyone, in all situations. It is possible to use a Universal Design in Learning (UDL) process that results in products, environments, and experiences that are usable for the largest group of people in a VW and effects differentiated teaching and differentiated learning. This session showcases key points from a professional learning “package” that bundles VW accessibility issues, key UDL principles, resources, and workshop-style activities for engaging educators in collaborative solutions in-world. Interactive vignettes at the UDL Playground will be open 24/7 during the conference.
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Bio(s): Blu Heron: Wanda Hardy (aka Blu Heron in virtual worlds): Masters of Education, Educational Technology, Sacramento State University, CA. My involvement in education spans many years and includes: 16 years teaching high school sciences; 17 years as a community educator, web site developer, and software tester for an electrical utility; and volunteer mentor in Second Life (SL) for the International Society for Technology (ISTE). Currently, I teach building classes for the Builders Brewery in SL.

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