Having a meal with friends and family tends to be more fulfilling than eating alone. We linger longer, eat a little more, and have more meaningful conversations and experiences. This held true for my recent project despite my efforts to use tech tools to facilitate collaboration between buildings and FT and PT faculty running on varied schedules.
I recently managed a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) implementation pilot project and there were about 30+ participants between faculty and faculty services areas. Most participants had way more experience with UDL than I did so it was important for me to learn as much and as quickly as possible.
In my role I learned that in-person activities worked best despite the various online tools being used. In-person curriculum consults, training sessions, and discussions proved to be the most impactful. Trying to capture participants’ attention with online tools like the LMS, email, and video conferences was nearly impossible.
The biggest challenge was the limited frequency of the in-person events as well as trying to gain momentum and build frequency via tech tools.