Table of Contents
Transforming Education Through Universal Design for Learning
NMC Horizon Report – Higher Learning
Flipped Classroom
Ethical Education
Edudemic – connecting education and  Technology
Current or Emerging Trends in Adult Education
Canadian Association for the Study of Adult  – EducationCASAE
Transforming Education through Universal Design for Learning

What is Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Why is UDL necessary?

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Three primary brain networks come into play:

The “what” of learning

How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read. Identifying letters, words, or an author’s style are recognition tasks.

Planning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas. Writing an essay or solving a math problem are strategic tasks.

blue checkmarkDifferentiate the ways that students can express what they know

More ways to provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Affective Networks

The “why” of learning

How learners get engaged and stay motivated. How they are challenged, excited, or interested. These are affective dimensions.

Stimulate interest and motivation for learning

More ways to provide Multiple Means of Engagement


Edudemic – connecting education and  Technology

Canadian Association for the Study of Adult EducationCASAE/ACÉÉA was founded in 1981 to promote the study of adult education and networking among adult educators in Canada. q=welcome

NMC Horizon Report – Higher Learning

Flipped Classroom:

Flipped Classroom

Ethical Education

There is a vast amount of research based information available, as well as our own experiences, to help us define what makes a good educator.  There is far less information available on how adult educators should manage ethical situations.  All educators will at some time be required to make ethical decisions and may require assistance to enable them to do so and remain within their own personal comfort zone.  In order to assist educators in making ethical decisions in these situations that they will surely face, a definition of What an Ethical Situation is, needs to be developed within the scope of adult education.

examination of the Need for a Code of Ethics’, Hatcher & Storberg state that “With ongoing moral dilemmas blasted at us daily in the media, we must acknowledge that the need for ethics, especially within organizational contexts, are increasingly obvious. We argue that the way to develop ethical practice in adult education is for the profession to explicitly create ethical debates and discussions through journals, conferences, and publications”. (Hatcher, Storberg)

How can we know what is ethically correct unless we first determine what constitutes an ethical situation.  Hatcher, Tim; Storberg-Walker, Julia. Spring2003, Volume 14(2), p23, Para 6

Current or Emerging Trends in Adult Education

NMC Horizon Report>2014 Higher Education Edition Wiki

The website of the NMC Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition Wiki is devoted to the future of technology in the field of education.  It provides research & discussion on technologies that are & will be used in teaching, learning & research.  There are several sites on the web page to link you to various aspects of their research, including emerging technologies, challenges & trends.  There is a link to answer the question ‘which of the key technologies listed below will be the most important to teaching, learning or creative expression within the next 5 years’.   This is an evolving website with new information added only by the Horizon Project Advisory Board members.

NMC Horizon Report ( 2014).  Higher Education Edition Wiki; NMC Horizon Project; New Media Consortium/EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI); retrieved from

NMC Horizon Report – Higher Learning


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