Topic 3: Equity and Access in Open Learning Environments

In Topic 2 we learned that an Open Educational Practice (OEP) aims to remove barriers in education, providing equal opportunity for all. So how can we implement OEP into our lesson design to ensure equity in our teaching practice? By using the Universal Design for Learning Framework! Developed by researchers at CAST, the UDL guidelines are a tool to implement UDL into our learning environment.

UDL provides choice and flexibility for how information is presented, how students engage with the information and how they show what they know (Basham, p.480). UDL is organized around 3 principles.

  1. Multiple means of representation
  2. Multiple means of engagement
  3. Multiple means of action and assessment

Our Digital Equity and Perspective Pod Project focused on compiling Edtech tools for UDL. Through our group research we came across Hyperdocs, a way to create lessons using tech and UDL.

What is a Hyperdoc? Holly Clark explores that question in her blog where she talks with Lisa Highfill co-author of The Hyperdoc Handbook.

Part 1- Let kids explore the topic with Multi Media Text (MMT)

Part 2 – On to what a Hyperdoc is…

To learn more check out the Hyperdoc Academy for free courses! Also join the Facebook group and follow #Hyperdoc on Twitter.


Basham, J.D., Blackorby, J., Stahl, S. & Zhang, L. (2018) Universal Design for Learning Because Students are (the) Variable. In R. Ferdig & K. Kennedy (Eds.), Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (pp. 477-507). Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University ETC Press.

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