A Systematic Approach to Supporting Diverse Learners

New data collected from MRI scans show physiologic evidence that people learn differently. How can we address that in our courses and classrooms? Here are three

Multiple means of representing content. In addition to textbooks and lectures, educational resources like videos, animations, simulations, concept maps and graphic organizers complement instruction and provide entry points to new concepts and ideas.

Multiple means of action and expression. In addition to readings, lectures, and discussions, including role play, service learning, and case studies to build students’ knowledge. For expressing ideas, allow students to turn in written work, create a film, design an exhibit or engage in service-learning.

Multiple means of engagement in learning. Design learning experiences that are authentic, challenging and novel. Provide modeling and support for challenging analytical work in the form of guided inquiry and problem-based learning.

To keep students engaged, introduce one topic with a lecture and use a case study for the next topic. For student homework, require a paper for one unit but allow students to choose from several options, for example, make a video or create a game.

There are few to no data on implementing universal design strategies into a 1-hour didactic resident conference. What might these universal design principles look like in resident/fellow education?