Keynote: Educating All Learners in the Age of Digital Disruption

Educating All Learners in the Age of Digital Disruption
Dr. James Basham, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas, U.S.
9:15 – 10:00, 30 May 2015 (Saturday)
Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
Medium of instruction:
English 英語
Cyber worldness and Cyber worldliness; Designing and assessing learning; The future of open learning; Emerging pedagogies and technologies
Dr. Allan Yuen, Director, CITE, Faculty of Education, HKU


The age of digital disruption has changed much of society from the way companies design, build, and market their products to the way individuals access information, engage with friends, and support their own personal growth. This keynote will focus on disruptive technologies that can positively influence educational outcomes at all levels. I will discuss my experiences redesigning education systems at the primary, secondary, and higher education level. The talk will highlight how disruptive systems can support equity, enhance collaboration, and provide a focus on developing master learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will be discussed as a primary framework for supporting this more personalized education system.

As a framework, UDL builds on understandings of cognitive neuroscience, leveraging design-based thinking, as well as using various practices and technologies across learning environments. Specifically, UDL brings forth the understanding of considerations in proactively engineering or designing environments for all learners. I will highlight specific outcomes from numerous projects, as well as resources and practical implications for undertaking the implementation of UDL across learning environments. The implications will include highlighting how UDL serves as a foundational structure within other learning initiatives such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, online, blended, digital and mobile learning. The overall focus of the talk will highlight considerations in how societies and education institutions think about and establish environments for all learners in the age of digital disruption.

About the speaker

James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning environments chiefly related to the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). He is well published, has given numerous talks, and has served as a consultant for school districts, universities, state agencies, and corporate entities on modern learning environments, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education, big data, personalization, and UDL. Dr. Basham serves on editorial boards for various journals and was a co-guest editor for the Journal of Special Education Technology topical issue on STEM education for individuals with diverse learning needs. Beyond journals, he serves on the ISTE SETSIG executive board and the SXSWedu Advisory Board. Finally, Dr. Basham is a cofounder of the global UDL Implementation Research Network (UDL-IRN).