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What is universal design forlearning? And why do we care in higher ed?
First let’s define “Universal design for learning (UDL) means a scientifically valid (research-based) framework for guiding educational practice & designing curricula (educational goals, methods, materials, and assessments) that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning that:Provides flexibilityReduces barriersProvides accommodations, supports, andchallenges”
Or more simply put:“Universal Design for Learning is a set ofprinciples for curriculum development that giveall individuals equal opportunities to learn” From CAST
What sort of flexibility? in the ways information is presented in the ways students respond in the ways students demonstrate their knowledge in the ways students are engaged
UDL acknowledges classroom diversity – including : students with physical, sensory, & learning disabilities, students with differing cultural and linguistic backgrounds, students with varied preferences and motivations for learning, and students who are unusually gifted and more
Multiple means ofrepresentation connect with the brain’s recognition networks
Multiple means of action and expression connect with the brain’s strategic networks
Multiple means of engagement connect with the brain’s affective network
Barriers? What barriers? in instructional approaches learning materials Embedded in the curriculum itself
Accommodations and supports? Huh?Isn’t that somebody else’s job?
We could talk about the legal stuff – we have covered that elsewhere or the way things were or we can rethink – and plan to design for our diverse learners and how and where to find help
Browse the site pages: Check out the Research page for evidence Check out the Resources page for a variety of practical tips, guides, tools and other helpful information Visit the Demos page for how-to sessions
Feel free to comment!Use the comments on any page to share yourthoughts, questions, experiences, suggestions –or your own tips!
Slideshow references Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) About UDL (http://www.cast.org/udl/index.html) CAST (2011). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0 . Wakefield, MA: Author (http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguide lines)
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