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James D. Basham

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James D. Basham, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor at CAST and founder of the Universal Design for Learning - Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN). He is also a Professor at the top-ranked Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His research is focused on the implementation of UDL, STEM education, learner-centered design, innovation, and technology in human learning. Some of his most recent work has been on the relationship among UDL and learning space design. He is well published, given hundreds of talks, and serves on various boards for journals, companies, and organizations. Dr. Basham has received and managed over $25 million in external research and development funds.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Education, Eastern Illinois University
B.A., Special Education, Eastern Illinois University

Selected Publications

Basham, J.D., Smith, S.J., Satter, A.L. (2016). Universal design for learning: Scanning for alignment in K-12 blended and fully online learning materials. Journal of Special Education Technology. DOI: 10.1177/0162643416660836

Basham, J. D., Hall, T. E., Carter, Jr., R. A., & Stahl, W. M. (2016). An operationalized definition of personalized learning. Journal of Special Education Technology. DOI: 10.1177/0162643416660835

Basham, J. D., & Marino, M. (2013). Understanding STEM education and supporting students with universal design for learning. Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(4), 8-15.

Basham, J. D., Israel, M., Graden, J., Poth, R., & Winston, M. (2010). A comprehensive approach to RTI: Embedding universal design for learning and technology. Learning Disability Quarterly, 33(4), 243-255.

Basham, J. D., & Marino, M. T. (2010). Introduction to the topical issue: Shaping STEM education for all students. Journal of Special Education Technology, 25(3), 1-2.

Basham, J. D., Israel, M., & Maynard, K. (2010). An ecological model of STEM education: Operationalizing STEM for all. Journal of Special Education Technology, 25(3), 9-19.

Basham, J. D., Meyer, H., & Perry, E. (2010). The design and application of the digital backpack. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 42(4), 339-359.

Basham, J. D., Stahl, W. M., & Hall, T. E., & Carter, Jr., R. A. (2017). Establishing a student-centered environment to support all learners. In C.M. Curran & A.J. Peterson (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Classroom Diversity and Inclusive Education Practice. Hershey, PA: IGI Global

Basham, J. D., Koehler, C., & Israel, M. (2011). Creating a “STEM for all” environment. In C. Johnson (Ed.), Secondary STEM education reform (secondary education in the changing world) (pp. 1-25). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillian.

Basham, J. D., & Blackorby, J. (in press). UDL Next: The future of the framework. In K. Lowrey, (Ed.). Critical Issues in Universal Design for Learning. Oviedo, FL: Knowledge by Design.

Basham, J.D., Han, K, Zhang, L., & Yang, S. (in press). Considering the fourth industrial revolution in the preparation of learners with and without disabilities. In Yuen, M., Beamish, W, & Solberg, V.S. Career Development and Transitions for Students with Special Educational Needs. Singapore, Springer.

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