Universal Design for Learning (UDL) By: Farena J. Bradley Walden University Dr. Rachel Bordelon EDUC 6714: Reaching and Engaging All Learners Through Technology January 29, 2010
“ The goal of education is not simply the mastery of knowledge; it is the mastery of learning. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners-individuals who know how to learn, want to learn, and who, in their own highly individual ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning,” ( www.udlcenter.org ). The Goal of Education
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, that guides the development of flexible learning environments, accommodating individual learning differences.
UDL was inspired by the universal design movement in architecture formulated by architect Ron Mace in the early 1990s.
Universal design designed buildings and homes to accommodate a wide group of users.
UDL applies that concept to education: that the curriculum be designed to accommodate all kind of learners.
“ Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”
North Carolina State University
Examples of “Universal Design” in the Physical Environment:
Ramps, Curb Cut-Outs, & Escalators
3 Principles The UDL Guidelines are organized according to the three main principles. These principles serve as a basis for building in the options and flexibility that are necessary to maximize learning opportunities for all students, ( www.udlcenter.org )
I . Provide Multiple Means of Representation (the “what” of learning)
II. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression (the “how” of learning)
III. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement (the “why” of learning)
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore: Author.
Recognition Network How we identify and categorize what we see, hear, and read . Processes Patterns Strategic Network How we organize and express our ideas. Processes Actions and Plans Affective Network How students are engaged and motivated. How they are challenged, excited, or interested. Processes Emotions
Meeting the Diverse Learning Needs of Students
To meet the needs of diverse learners, teachers need to make “educational experiences more authentic and of greater value and reflect real life, which is multifaceted.”
Teachers can meet these needs by:
Foster a learning community
Learn through a variety of learning strategies, learning experiences, and perspectives
Provide a variety of opportunities for interaction and collaboration among diverse learners
Teach students to use a wide variety of sources
-National Council of Teachers of English, 1995 http://www.netc.org/earlyconnections/pub/sec3.pdf
Implementation of CAST Online Tools & Resources at Macedonia Middle
Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills. This resource can be used in our Special Education Department as well as any student .
This site can help teachers apply UDL principles in their teaching to reach and engage all of their students.
This site provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt lessons that increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students
Each of these tools will help enhance our efforts of meeting the diverse needs of students.