James D. Basham

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 521
University of Kansas
1122 W. Campus Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

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. BeverlyKnowledge, 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. JohnsonSecondary 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

#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
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined