In this presentation, we will explore some design strategies to integrate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into the foreign language classroom. UDL is a framework that provides educators with guidance to create a learning environment that accounts for students' variability and needs. We will also explore some digital tools including Sutori and Pearltrees that can help us provide students with an active learning environment that focuses on reflection, collaboration, and communicative competence.
The audience will be able to:
- Identify UDL principles
- Implement strategies to incorporate educational technologies in their current classes
- Identify strategies to promote flexibility in their class design
About the presenter
Mariam Manzur Leiva, former Fulbright Scholar, earned an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literatures, along with graduate certificates in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Cuban Studies, from the New College of Florida. More recently, she has obtained certificates in Online Teaching, Online Proctoring, Online and Hybrid Instructional Design and E-Learning Ecologies from UCF and University of Illinois, respectively. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and Applying the QM Rubric Facilitator. She joined her alma mater’s Department of World Languages in 2010, where she taught intermediate and advanced level Spanish courses and supervised the First Year Spanish Online Program.
In 2016, she was awarded the “Excellence in Education” Award at the Viva Tampa Hispanic Heritage Festival. At NCF, she teaches Elementary, Intermediate and Spanish Oral and Written Communication classes and she supervises the Spanish TA Program. Apart from her teaching, she serves as Interim Instructional Designer and QM Liaison. Her primary research interest is the development and implementation of E-Learning technologies and their impact on teaching methodologies for SLA Higher Education classes.