Learning happens when you know your why. What engages you in learning so you are motivated to want to learn? This session will introduce you to Ikigai to explore the four points that help you discover your Meaning for life. Then use Universal Design for Learning principles to determine your strengths, interests, and challenges to help you define what you prefer and need for learning for your personal learning backpack. Pull these together with design thinking to find your why for learning.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
UDL as the Framework for Learning
Example Statements for Learner Profile
Engagement I am happy when pursuing
I look forward to learning
❑ I am not sure of my purpose.
❑ I get anxious when I don’t
Representation I can connect prior
I can research online.
❑ I have trouble processing oral
❑ I read text several times to get it.
I enjoy doing hands-on
I use a to-do list to stay on
❑ I tend to procrastinate with some
❑ I have too many things on my to-do
Interest, Talents, Aspirations Descriptive Words
Writing, Dancing, Reading, Gardening, Social
Media -To become a better writer and speaker
Creative, Curious, Innovative, Risk-Taker, Silly,
Out-of-the-Box Thinker, Social, Independent
Example Statements for Preferences and Needs
Preferences or Needs
Engagement ✓ I prefer to spend more time on things I’m passionate
✓ I need to refine my purpose and put more energy into it.
Representation ✓ I prefer to learn from watching videos like Ted Talk and
✓ I need to add videos to my YouTube channel.
✓ I prefer to collaborate with others when creating.
✓ I need to find critical friends for constructive feedback.
Personal Learner Backpack
• Selects appropriate tools and resources based on how they learn best.
• Acquires the skills to use the right tools and resources for the task.
• Develops learning strategies to support his or her learning.
• Reflects on the evidence of learning.
Skills Learning Strategies Tools, Apps,
Watch webinars around interests.
Join video conferences with experts
to discuss finding challenges to
solve around passion. Use the
power of “Yet” more.
Ted Talk, School
Representation Ability to
Find and add videos that can help
build skills to YouTube channel.
Learn how text-to-speech can
Set up a collaborative work space
online to build presentations with
others. Keep a journal to reflect on
Build a Personal Learner Backpack