A publication of the Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
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Volume 29 Number 1
Using Universal Design for Learning in Synchronous Online Instruction
Washington Virtual Academies
Matthew T. Marino and Barbara Serianni
University of Central Florida
Evidence suggests that students with disabilities increasingly choose to participate in online courses at higher rates then other student populations. Research examining factors that influence the success of these students is inconclusive. This article addresses a national need for additional research by identifying challenges faced by special education teachers and students with learning disabilities in online environments; describing extant literature related to online learning and students with disabilities; and summarizing findings from a recent study that examined Universal Design for Learning (UDL) during synchronous lessons. The article concludes with interviews with leaders in virtual schools who bring to light the challenges and concerns facing the industry. Implications for professional development activities also are discussed.