Videos come in various forms: screencasts (audio and visual); slidecasts (PowerPoint with audio); animations (cartoon characters); live action (real actors); and tutorials (screencasts, slidecasts, readings, and interactive activities).
Use a screencast to demonstrate basic skills and ideas or to send a reply to a reference question. Prefer a tutorial to introduce more complex concepts, especially if it is embedded in a course where students are more likely to complete it.
Before You Begin
Apply core principles for online learning (Clark, R.C. & Mayer, R.E. (2008). e-Learning and the science of instruction: Proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Pfeiffer):
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework and set of principles that provide all students with equal opportunities to learn. UDL uses inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners, including students with disabilities.
Students enter university from diverse backgrounds bringing with them varied learning preferences and life experiences. Diversity can take many forms including race, gender, social class, ability, learning style or learning preference. A UDL approach to instruction allows students with a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, language skills, and learning styles to have multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. The adoption of UDL principles reflects sound pedagogical practice.
UDL advocates for flexibility in how information in learning environments is presented, in how students become engaged with the curriculum and in the ways in which students demonstrate knowledge.
UDL creates a learning environment that:
UDL provides educators with a variety of strategies to meet different learning needs and creates a more accessible environment for students with disabilities.
See the Universal Design for Learning Graphic for a complete description.