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Tech-Based Approaches to Supporting and Engaging Diverse Learners: Visual Strategies for Success

Contemporary Issues in Education Research Volume 11, Number 2, ISSN 1940-5847


This paper explores teaching and learning applications at the intersection between Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology, and mainstream educational technology. Informed by the SETT framework in which the technology choice is informed by student, environment, and task (Dell, Newton, & Petroff, 2017; Zabala, 2005), this paper is designed for a learner-profile consistent with learners who need concrete and visual approaches to optimize receptive and expressive communication. The visual and interactive approaches shared here include Universal Design, graphic organizers, and comic strip creations, and may appeal to teachers of students on the autism spectrum as well as others who are responsive to visual supports. While it is not possible to predict the exact nature of the environment and tasks at hand for these students, the paper leaves those decisions in the hands of the readers. Approaches and suggestions shared here reflect practitioner experience, findings from the literature, and data from a 2016 course, in which a small number of diverse students reinforced the concept that UDL approaches increased their engagement and success.


Bryans-Bongey, S.E. (2018). Tech-Based Approaches to Supporting and Engaging Diverse Learners: Visual Strategies for Success. Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 11(2), 43-54. Retrieved August 12, 2020 from .

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