Improving Education – Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Part of our mission here at the creative studios is to provide educational content. This content needs to be accessible and useful to the greatest number of people possible.

As an instructor, I have twice had the challenge of teaching geology – a notably visual science – to students with visual impairments. This is where Universal Design for Learning (UDL) plays an important role.

However, UDL is not just for people with obvious disabilities, like blindness, hearing loss, or mobility issues. The fact of it is that incorporating UDL into teaching benefits everyone.

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Photojournal – Learn Through Play – May 7-8, 2020

Yesterday, we got a little rain. It made sense to take some photos as the sun was low in the sky and the flowers were a little wet still.

Today, I looked at the photos and worked on some photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop. I’ve been using Photoshop since 1996, and am mostly self-taught. I decided to fiddle with some features that I’ve never played with before.

One of the best ways to learn is through experimentation and play. I clicked functions and moved sliders and watched the photos change. Here are the end results:

Improve Your Photos – Rule of Thirds

One misconception about photography is that a more expensive, higher resolution camera will take a better photograph than an older, lower resolution (or even film) camera.

But the camera is only a tool. It is the photographer that takes the photo.

Photography is an art. As artists, photographers must compose their photos to make them visually pleasing.

One simple means by which you as the photographer can improve your photos is to follow the rule of thirds.

Our natural tendency is to place the subject of a photograph in the very center of the image. There are times when this is necessary, but most of the time such a photo winds up being uninteresting.

In the rule of thirds we imagine that the final image can be divided into thirds both horizonally and vertically.

The rule of thirds – a grid that you imagine over your final photo.

Rather than placing the subject in the center of the final image, the photographer tries to put it on either one of the lines dividing the image into thirds, or on the points where vertical and horizontal divisions come together.

The rule of thirds in action. On the left, the main subject is centered. On the right, the spire in on the 1/3 vertical division from the left side and the horizon is on the 1/3 line horizontally from the bottom. Credit: Tadrart01.JPG: Pir6mon derivative work: Teeks99 CC By-SA 3.0

Now, go out and take some photos. Apply the rule of thirds. See how much better your photos become!