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Universal design for learning


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Universal design for learning

  1. 1. Universal Design for Learning Sherri Breinich
  2. 2. The Beginnings of Universal Design  The concept of universal design originated with the design of buildings and other products. Universal design takes into consideration the people who will be using the product or building during the planning stages. The product or environment will then be designed so that adaptations will not be needed. Source:  An example of universal design would be a ramp on a building. When an architect designs a building, they need to consider people who may not be able to use stairs and must include an alternative method to enter the building.
  3. 3. Universal Design and Education Education is the perfect place for universal design. It involves taking all the information we have gathered about our students and using it to design lessons, units, and curriculum. Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is the perfect tool to differentiate instruction.
  4. 4. The Principles of UDL  Provide multiple means of representation  Provide multiple means of action and expression  Provide multiple means of engagement Source: Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Retrieved from
  5. 5. Principle 1: Multiple Means of Representation What materials are we giving our students? Are all of our students able to understand them?  Provide a variety of materials: text, video, graphic organizers, virtual field trips  Provide students with a variety of ways to learn vocabulary, text structure  Provide students with background information, and activate prior knowledge.  Provide options for understanding key concepts
  6. 6. Principle 2: Multiple Means of Action & Expression Are our students actively engaged in their learning?  Provide opportunities for action during the lesson.  Provide for tools to assist in problem solving or communicating answers.  Provide students with the opportunity to set own goals.
  7. 7. Principle 3: Multiple Means of Engagement Are our students motivated to learn?  Provide activities which let students make choices.  Provide a variety of activities which challenge or support a student.  Provide activities which allow for group collaboration.  Provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their learning.
  8. 8. Brain Research Recent brain research outlines three networks in the brain:  Recognition : Identifies and recognizes patterns in words, sounds, smells  Strategic : Generates the activities of body. Allows for expression and planning.  Affective : Evaluates and prioritizes. Source: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Brain research and universal design for learning. Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Baltimore: Author.
  9. 9. UDL and Brain Research  The principles of UDL directly coincide with the 3 networks of our brain.  Since UDL calls for a variety of methods to meet student needs, it allows for the individual network differences in our students.  For example, an ELL student would have difficulty with the recognition network because they are learning the English language. UDL allows for this need by providing alternative ways to read the material. This could include listening to the text.
  10. 10. Technology and UDL Today’s technology tools will allow for the implementation of the Universal Design for Learning principles.  Text to talk programs: allow for students to hear a text  Web 2.0 Tools: Wiki’s, Blogs  Digital storytelling, PowerPoints Check out this site for FREE technology tools to implement UDL: toolkit-for-udl-in-all.html Each of these tools allow for the differences in each student and will support your efforts to create lessons to the UDL principles.
  11. 11. UDL and Parkway Manor How will Parkway Manor benefit from Universal Design for Learning?  Improvement in student motivation  Improvement in all assessment scores  Improvement in attendance  Improve the self-esteem and confidence of our students
  12. 12. Resources The following web site has many different tools to assist you with UDL: Here’s an overview of 3 resources:  Class Profile Template and Tutorial: This template allows you to take notes on your class according to the brain networks. The tutorial shows how to set up the template and use the information to design lessons that match the UDL principles.
  13. 13.  Videos of sample lessons: This resource is fabulous and helps you see how to incorporate UDL into all your lesson plans.  Lesson Builder: Allows you to create and store lessons using the UDL principles. Each of these resources will allow you to effectively create lessons around the UDL principles.
  14. 14. References CAST,Teaching Every Student. (2010). Tools and activities. Retreived from . Center for Applied Special Technology. (2009). UDL guidelines version 1.0 Retrieved from . Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Brain research and universal design for learning. Reaching and engaging all learners through technology. Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Retrieved from