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ERIC Number: EJ1112981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Classroom Audio Distribution in the Postsecondary Setting: A Story of Universal Design for Learning
Flagg-Williams, Joan B.; Bokhorst-Heng, Wendy D.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v29 n2 p165-177 Sum 2016
Classroom Audio Distribution Systems (CADS) consist of amplification technology that enhances the teacher's, or sometimes the student's, vocal signal above the background noise in a classroom. Much research has supported the benefits of CADS for student learning, but most of it has focused on elementary school classrooms. This study investigated the effects of CADS in the postsecondary setting. Surveys and focus groups were used to elicit the perspectives of both students and professors toward CADS in university classrooms, revealing many themes and multidimensional attitudes. Teachers' and students' perspectives are considered within the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which encourages a flexible approach toward teaching in order to include as many different types of students as possible in the learning process. CADS is seen as one way to support UDL in higher education settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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