Lessons Learned From Building An Open Online Course

Chris Gaudreau, Torrey Trust, Weiyang Liu, eLearning Industry, Aug 04, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've seen these points raised before but I'd like to frame them with a question, which follows. The author asserts "the importance of using technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to provide personalized, flexible, and accessible learning opportunities." Here they are:

  1. Provide Multiple Means Of Representation
  2. Provide Multiple Means Of Action And Expression
  3. Provide Multiple Means Of Engagement

So here's the question: are these principles equally applicable in the case of the single learner? Yes, we can see that for a class of people we would want to allow room for people to choose one option or another. But does that need extend to the single case? For example, if I were offering a course to a global audience, I might want to make sure there's a version available in Urdu. But if I'm offering a course to one person in Ireland, the Urdu version probably isn't necessary.

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