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  • 1. UDL: Sharing Ideas, Building Resources Carla Smith Walden University Prof. Sherry Lambertson EDUC 6714-D2 November 26, 2010
  • 2. What is Universal Design?
    • Started in architecture to design from the beginning for access of all people with varied abilities.
    • Some examples: curb cuts, ramps into buildings, power doors, closed captioning
    • Also includes products designed for use by people of all ability levels.
  • 3. How does UD transfer to Education?
    • Universal design for learning incorporates accessibility, usability, and research on effective teaching methods into the curriculum so all students can learn and grow.
    • The guiding principles: Provide multiple means of presentation, expression and engagement (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009).
  • 4. Means of Presentation
    • Varied presentation of content through use of technology within the curriculum
      • Digital text
      • Audio
      • Video
    • Allow the materials to fit the needs of the child. With a traditional printed materials:
      • A student with physical disabilities can’t turn the pages
      • A student with visual impairments can’t see the book
      • A student with dyslexia can’t decode the book (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009).
  • 5. Means of Expression
    • Allow students to demonstrate learning in different ways for the same objectives:
      • Physical action
      • Expressive skills and fluency
      • Executive function
      • (National Center on UDL, 2010)
  • 6. Means of Engagement
    • Provide for students to have multiple means of participating within the curriculum.
      • Recruiting interest
      • Sustaining effort and persistence
      • Self-regulation
      • (National Center on UDL, 2010)
  • 7. How UDL works in the classroom Rose, & Meyer, (2002).
  • 8. Brain Research
    • Three groupings within the processes of the brain:
      • Recognition: processes patterns from senses, things you have experienced before
      • Strategic: processes actions and plans, generate patterns
      • Affective: emotions
      • (Laureate Education, Inc., 2009)
  • 9. UDL and Diversity
    • Students are more diverse today than ever before in the history of education
      • Every learner is unique and brings different strengths and weaknesses to the classroom (LD Online, 2010).
      • Students cannot learn in a one size fits all curriculum
      • We cannot change the child, we must adapt the curriculum to fit the child as they are
      • UDL can address the wide variety of needs in our student population: cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and academic
  • 10. CAST Tools
    • UDL Guidelines: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines
    • Teaching Every Student: http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent
    • UDL Lesson Builder: http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/
    • These tools will be helpful as we develop curriculum that will allow every student to learn.
  • 11. Benefits for Woodmore
    • Allowing students to meet lesson objectives that align with state standards will help them show proficiency on state tests
    • Allowing all students with disabilities to learn in the regular curriculum will align with the goals of IDEA
    • Use of technology will allow our students to learn the tools of the future and how to use them to achieve their goals
  • 12. References
    • National Center on Universal Design for Learning. (2010). CAST. Retrieved from http:// www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines
    • Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Reaching and engaging all learners through technology . Baltimore: Author.
    • LD Online. (2010). Response-to-Instruction and Universal Design for Learning: How Might They Intersect in the General Education Classroom? Retrieved from http://www.ldonline.org/article/13002
    • Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning . Retrieved from http:// www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes /