James D. Basham

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall


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).


Teaching Interests

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • STEM Education
  • Innovation

Research Interests

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • STEM Education
  • Innovation

Selected Publications

Marino, M. T, Becht, K., Vasquez, E. G, Gallup, J. L, Basham, J. D, & Gallegos, B. (2014). Enhancing secondary science content accessibility with video games. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47, 27-34.

Harvey, D., Greer, D., Basham, J., & Hu, B. (2014). From the student perspective: Experiences of middle and high school students in online learning. American Journal of Distance Education. , 28, 14-26.

Marino, M. T, Gotch, C. M, Vasquez, E., Basham, J. D., & Becht, K. (2014). UDL in the middle school science classroom: Can video games and alternative text heighten engagement and learning for students with learning disabilities? Learning Disabilities Quarterly.

Israel, M., Marino, M. T, Basham, J. D, & Spivak, W. (2013). Fifth graders as app designers: How diverse learns conceptualize education apps. Journal of Research on Technology Education, 46(1), 53-80.

Basham, J. D, Smith, S. J, Greer, D. L, & Marino, M. T (2013). The scaled arrival of K-12 online education: Emerging realities and implications for the future of education. Journal of Education, 193(2), 51-59.

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

Haydon, T., Hawkins, R., Basham, J., Denune, H., Kimener, L., & McCoy, D. (2012). A comparison of iPads and worksheets on math skills of 9th grade students with emotional disorders. Behavioral Disorders, 37(4), 232-243.

Carnahan, C., Basham, J. D, Christman, J., & Hollingshead, A. (2012). Overcoming challenges: Going mobile with your own video models. Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(2), 50-59.

Marino, M. T, Israel, M., Beecher, C. C, & Basham, J. D (2012). Students' and teachers' perceptions of using videogames to enhance science instruction. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 14. DOI:

Lowrey, K. A., Basham, J. D, Gardner, J. E., & Jones, M. (2011). Computer-mediated collaboration: Using the web to contextualize representational issues in general and special education practice. In E. D. McCray, P. A. McHatton, & C. L. Beverly (Eds.), Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions for Culturally Competent and Intercultural Sensitive Leaders in Education (pp. 202-233). Arlington, VA: CEC Teacher Education Division.

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 Macmillan.

Basham, J. D, Perry, E., & Meyer, H. (2011). It’s in the Bag: Digital Backpacks for Project-Based Learning. Learning and Leading with Technology, 39(2), 24-27.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology & Special Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • M.S., Special Education, Eastern Illinois University, 1996
  • B.A., Special Education, Eastern Illinois University, 1994

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

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Professor Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Chair in the Department of Special Education, and her colleague, Professor Pam Hunt at San Francisco State University, have been awarded a $2.75 million research grant from the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The project title is “Implementing an Emergent Literacy Curriculum for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in General Education Classrooms.” Forty students from five districts in Kansas along with another 40 in the Bay Area in California will participate in this project which will fund six doctoral students and a post-doc at KU. This project will contribute important information about how schools across the nation can work effectively to teach literacy to students who require intensive supports to achieve academically.

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#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
2nd nationwide for most published journal articles in special education
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
A $2.5 million grant will fund research on reasons effective technology tools are underused for students with disabilities