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Universal Design for Learning...Has a nice ring, doesn't it?

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has a great ring to it as it infers that lessons and instruction are designed for all learners in the classroom. Can you imagine learning environments where all learners can thrive? Using the UDL lens to understand the learners in your classroom can help teachers do exactly that.

 

Placing this concept in the field of education, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) coined UDL to apply to all learners, regardless of (dis)abilities. In 2003, CAST has been creating instructional materials for over 10 years, mostly digital, to fit this principle of “universal”. Now 10 years later, the concept is finally becoming more known in our new times of the Common Core and increasingly accessible digital technologies. 

 

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The Special Education Paradox: Equity as the Way to Excellence

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Skrtic’s “The Special Education Paradox” is a highly theoretical article, and many A-117 students have experienced difficulty comprehending it in the past. In order to support student learning, the A-117 teaching team has transformed this article into a digital reading environment using CAST ’s UDL BookBuilder, a free tool that allows users to create interactive books with embedded UDL supports. 

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U.S. Department of Education Invests in Research and Development of Next Generation Digital Supports for Reading Improvement

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs has awarded CAST and Vanderbilt University, along with leading curriculum development partners, $10 million over five years to launch a national R&D center to develop innovative, technology-based approaches to improve literacy for middle-school students with disabilities.

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CAST UDL Online Modules

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These two online modules introduce the theory, principles and application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to teacher candidates and in-service teachers. They provide higher education faculty with a multimedia, interactive online-learning environment that can be embedded in instructional methods courses. They are designed to be flexible enough to be used as part of an online, hybrid or face-to-face course. It is suggested that you create an interactive community of practice using a blog, wiki or other type of interactive web 2.0 media.

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UDL Guidelines Version 2.0 Translations

UDL Guidelines Version 2.0 are in the process of being translated, and have not been completed. Now available Japanese Version, Chinese (traditional & simplified) Versions, Greek Version

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Universal Design for Learning: Present and Future Directions

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Recent research in cognitive neuroscience reveals that what we call "learning" is highly diverse - both within and across individuals. The annual conference, Making a Difference: Educational Practices that Work sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, featured a keynote address by CAST's David Rose in which he presents a cognitive neuroscience framework for understanding individual differences in learning.

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UDL Guidelines Research Evidence

The UDL Guidelines are based on research from several very different fields, and from many different researchers at many different universities and research organizations. That research has been reviewed, compiled and organized by educators and researchers at CAST. The process spanned a 10 year period and involved several different stages.

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UDLinks - App Store

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This app is for teachers and parents to search for content specific online teaching resources aligned with Universal Design for Learning. Users can complete a "Class Profile" narrowing the resources by content, grade level and topic. When prompted, questions in the profile tool narrow the search further by asking questions aligned with UDL. In the resources section, teachers can search for lesson plans, multimedia, practice, games, tutorials or by topic and unique search terms. As users navigate the resources, they can save as favorites, share and view on their mobile device. The app also has a section for Universal Design for Learning linking teachers and parents with resources shared directly on the CAST website.

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UDL | The Concord Consortium

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In this project, we use principles from Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a flexible approach to teaching defined by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). This approach has had considerable success in teaching the language arts.

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Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning

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This book is the result of 15 years of thought, research, and development conducted by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and a number of collaborating individuals, schools, districts, and states. CAST was founded in 1984 with a mission to develop and apply technologies that would expand learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our premise was clear: Students with disabilities should be equipped with particular technologies—new tools and approaches—that would help them access a print-based curriculum.

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Apply Universal Design for Learning | Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL)

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Options! It’s the key word in the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines from CAST (2011). Look for multiple ways to get your teaching objectives taught as means in which teachers help learners to engage with the instruction

 

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“No Boundaries” Education - Disability.gov

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The aspiration to expand learning opportunities for all individuals is gaining ground in education policy, practice and research through the growing field of universal design for learning (UDL).

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Introduction to UDL

CAST co-founder David Rose tells the story of how the concept Universal Design for Learning came into fruition.

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CAST Strategy Tutor

Strategy Tutor is a web-based tool designed to support students and teachers doing reading and research on the internet. Strategy Tutor helps students read, research, collect and understand information better and more efficiently. For teachers, Strategy Tutor provides a way to easily create web-based lessons embedded with research-based, highly effective learning strategy and vocabulary supports.

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UDL Curriculum Self-Check

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Use this site to help you apply UDL principles in your teaching to reach and engage all of your students. The goal of UDL is to enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. Learn about UDL, Check Your Curriculum, or Explore Resources for ideas on how to build options and flexibility into each element of your curriculum.

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The Universally Designed Classroom

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This book addresses crucial questions about how to create full access to the general education curriculum for children with disabilities. Based on years of research and innovation at CAST (The Center for Applied Special Technology), the book provides a helpful overview of the digital solutions that are at the forefront of efforts to create universal access. It also looks closely at the major policy and practice issues connected to this initiative.

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CAST UDL Lesson Builder

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The CAST Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt lessons that increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students.

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The National Center on UDL presents...UDL Guidelines 2.0

Come join the conversation on UDL Connect, the community section.

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UDL Editions by CAST

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UDL Editions take advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners. Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner, ages 10 and up.

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UDL CAST - YouTube Channel

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CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.
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