A research based framework for designing curriculum— includinggoals, methods, materials, andassessments – that enables all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and
Universal Design for Learning provides aflexible curriculum in activities, in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge, and in the ways students areengaged. Other requirements are: to reducebarriers, provide appropriate supports and challenges, and maintain high achievementstandards for all students, including those with disabilities.
Rose and Meyer (2008) suggests that: Learning takes place between 3 different areas of the brain that affect the “What”, the “How” and the “Why”of learning. These areas are known as the Recognition, Strategic, and Affective Networks.
They also indicate that the learning processis influenced by outside factors which should be taken into consideration as well. Ability Levels Learning Learning Cultures Influences Styles Backgrounds
1st Principle: Provide multiple and flexible methods of presentation to give students with diverse learning styles various ways of acquiring information and knowledge.Examples: Audio books for auditory learners; Math manipulatives for Tactile learners.
2nd Principle: Provide flexible means of expression to provide diversestudents with alternatives for demonstrating what they have learned. Examples: Making a model or doing a presentation
3rd Principle: Provide multiple and flexible means of engagement to tap into diverse learners’ interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn.Example: Vary the teaching style to fit the learning style of a student. Also allowstudents to choose to work in a group or independently.
Technology is important because it is key to differentiation, and reaches each student in varying ways.Example: Computers, iPods, hand held devices, Speech to text, etc.
CAST, a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning, has several online tools designed to give teachers the ability to meet the diverse learning needs of students. http://www.cast.org/about/index.htm
This tool allows teachers to create digital books to support reading instruction. Available at: http://bookbuilder.cast.org
This site allows educators to create and implement lessons with flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments that support learning for all students. http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/learn.php
This site supports students in writing lab and class reports. This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students. http://sciencewriter.cast.org/welcome
HOW CAN UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WORK IN OUR SCHOOL?
The potential impact UDL can have on studentlearning in our building is that more students will have their academic needs met.
Also, by providing differentiated instruction tothose in need can allow students to reach their full potential.UDL supports cultural, ethnic, linguistic and academic diversity by reaching all learnershttp://media.wiley.com/product_data/excerpt/53/07879945/0787994553.pdf
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RESOURCESLaureate Education, Inc.(Executive Producer). Program 13: Brainresearch and universal design for learning [DVD]. Reaching andengaging all learners through technology. Baltimore, MD: Author.National Center on Universal Design for Learning (2011, March 15).UDL guidelines-Version 2.0. Retrieved fromhttp://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidlineRose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age:Universal design for learning. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/chapter2_2.cfmRose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age:Universal design for learning. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/chapter6_6.cfmYoutube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDvKnY0g6e4