Breaking the Barriers: Universal Design for Learning

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  • 1. Universal Design for Learning Breaking the Barriers May 29, 2008
  • 2. Why do we evaluate?
    • To determine the effectiveness of curriculum materials and methods
    • To compare achievement levels within and across schools, school systems, districts and states
    • To evaluate student knowledge and skill
  • 3. Barriers to Accurate Assessment
    • Individual learning differences
    • Media constraints
    • Lack of appropriate supports
    • Lack of integration with curriculum
  • 4. Individual learning differences
    • Individual differences in content recognition
    • Individual differences in strategic expression
    • Individual differences in engagement
  • 5. Media constraints
    • Considering the type of skill or knowledge being measured and the medium in which it is being assessed
    • Crossing media lines to gain a richer understanding of what students know
  • 6. Lack of appropriate supports
    • Focus on the goal of the assessment
    • Don’t remove daily supports during an assessment
  • 7. Lack of integration with curriculum
    • Most traditional assessments are detached from instruction and practice
    • We need to examine the interaction between student and curriculum over time
    • Observe and talk to students
    • Ongoing assessment allows us to measure the evolution of the learning
  • 8. Increasing Assessment Accuracy and Accessibility
    • Flexibility in presentation
    • Flexibility in expression and strategic supports
    • Flexibility in engagement
  • 9. Flexibility in presentation
    • Varied media
    • Different Supports
      • links to background info / vocabulary
      • Concept map
      • Key points
      • Diagram
  • 10. Flexibility in expression and strategic supports
    • Technology tools make it easier for the teacher to provide multiple options
    • Teachers can combine a variety of tools to track learner progress
  • 11. Flexibility in engagement
    • Include embedded assessment
    • Ensure that every student is working at a comfortable and appropriate stage of difficulty
    • Vary the content
  • 12. Motivation
    • “the essential engine of learning”