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CIDDL: A Digital Network for Innovative Practices in Education

CIDDL logo: Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning

Project Name
Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL)

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Project Description

The Center for Innovation, Design, and Digital Learning (CIDDL) aims to improve the capacity of postsecondary faculty who teach preservice educators to use educational technology for more inclusive instruction. CAST is one of three primary partners working with the University of Kansas, which leads the project.

The Center focuses on the following activities:

  • Increasing knowledge, adoption, and use of a range of educational technologies that can be used for educator or leadership preparation programs;
  • Increasing capacity of faculty at institutions of higher education (IHE) to use a range of educational technologies in educator or leadership preparation programs
  • Sustaining professional learning networks related to educational technology in educators and leadership preparation.

The Center’s mission is to influence change that supports the appropriate use of educational technology in all Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) and K–12 learning environments to improve outcomes for all students, especially those with disabilities.

The team includes experts in special education, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, educational technology, Universal Design for Learning, instructional design, STEM education, and professional development.

Technology, by and large, is about solving problems. Getting faculty members, researchers and educators together to improve special education, early intervention and personnel preparation through a better understanding of the potential of technology is something we feel very strongly about, and we really want to help all faculty members at institutions big and small across the country.”

Dr. James Basham, Ph.D., CIDDL Principal Investigator


2021 – 2026


U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs


University of Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Special Education (lead)
Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute (TJEEI)
Metiri Group

Project Leadership

James Basham, Principal Investigator (PI), University of Kansas
Kathleen N. Zimmerman, Co-PI, University of Kansas
Sean J. Smith, Co-PI, University of Kansas
Yong Zhao, Co-PI, University of Kansas
Jody Britten, Co-PI, METIRI
Tara Courchaine, Co-PI, CAST
Eleazar Vasquez, Co-PI, University of Central Florida
Matthew Marino, Co-PI, University of Central Florida


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