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

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:40 AM

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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Universal Design for Learning and the Arts

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In this article, Don Glass, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose examine the intersection of arts education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to inform the design of better art, curricula, and UDL checkpoints.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:48 PM

The authors of this article map out arts learning outcomes to the principles of Universal Design for Learning. 


"They build a case for the contribution of the arts to expert learning across the affective, recognition, and strategic neural networks and argue for making affective and reflective learning outcomes more explicit in the arts. Throughout this piece, the authors call for a vision of the arts playing an increasing role in providing engaging learning options in an integrated general curriculum."


Check out the digital version of this article in CAST's UDL Studio learning design environment.

Kathleen Quinn's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:27 PM

You have to click through a few pages before you get to the pdf file of the article.

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Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

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"The central question of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) surrounds the idea of barriers to learning: Is the child “disabled”? Or, could we more accurately say that many of our school environments are disabling to children?

 

We understand, through UDL, that environments can disable learning and the significance of identifying and eliminating barriers to access. Further, we understand that children whose learning is obstructed by the environment, can sometimes behave in challenging ways. CPS takes this one step more, encouraging teachers to recognize that even children with no physical or cognitive barriers to learning, may struggle with emotional barriers. These may be difficult to identify at times, but identifying and collaboratively addressing these barriers is as essential to our work as it is to ensure that children can work within their preferred learning style, or have access to assistive technologies. This doesn’t mean that the demands of the environment are wrong – “no hitting” is a fair and realistic rule, for instance – simply that some children don’t have the skills to abide by these expectations and that preparing them to do so is a teaching task, not a task of punishment.

 

If we believe (and I do), that children who fail to be engaged in school work and learning are in some way disabled by their environments, then I feel we must believe the same of behaviour. Rather than labeling children with unkind and unhelpful descriptors such as “unmotivated” or “defiant”, we need to see challenging behaviours as expressions of an inability to meet the demands of the environment."

 

Katia Reid asks: "Do you see the same relationship to UDL that I am seeing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!"


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Principal dd's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:45 PM

What a perfect lead-in / intro to a staff meeting discussion around inclusion and integration with adaptations! Katia Reid puts it in perfect 'focus' from a perspective we can all appreciate:

 

"Sitting in a large lecture theatre for a presentation that I was attending voluntarily, I reached into my purse for my glasses and realized I had forgotten them at home. The lecture was two hours long and although my hearing is fine, being within a visual fog that made it impossible to see the lecturer was frustrating. After a while, I gave up trying to listen, and I took out my cell phone instead." 


How many of us experience this scenario on similar levels ... yet we know there are students in every classroom experiencing this same scenario. They're usually the easist to identify ... they 'self-identify' through inappropriate behaviour! 

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Archived Webinar: UDL, AIM and AT: Complementary Supports for the Achievement of All Students

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An ISTE SETSIG Webinar originally recorded on September 11th by Joy Zabala

 

"What are these initiatives? How do they compare and contrast? Join us to explore these questions and learn more about how they complement instructional technology and other strategies in ways that lead to flexible, engaging learning environments that support improved outcomes for all students."


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UDL Instructional Process

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As a framework, UDL requires educators to think proactively about the variability of all learners. In consideration of the UDL Critical Elements, educators implementing UDL should use a backwards design instructional process that incorporates the following five steps.

 

1:  Establish Clear Outcomes

2:  Anticipate Learner Variability

3:  Measurable Outcomes and Assessment Plan

4:  Instructional Experience

5:  Reflection and New Understanding

 

The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN) is a grassroots organization that supports the scaled implementation and research related to Universal Design for Learning. You can download the PDF of this UDL Instructional Process on this site.


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Maryland Learning Links Video - Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

This is an excellent video produced by Maryland Learning Links that provides an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and explores the ways teachers can use this approach to reach all of their students. 


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UDL Curriculum Toolkit

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The UDL Curriculum Toolkit is a web-based platform that allows for the development and publication of web-based curricula and other content built according to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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Preparing for a Different Kind of Middle Grades Classroom

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Descriptions of this next generation of classroom paint pictures of places where self-directed learning, student choice, and engagement built around enduring understanding are paramount. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is currently being applied to both the development and assessment of Common Core State Standards to measure student achievement. UDL, with origins in the neurosciences, prescribes flexible approaches to learning that are adjusted to meet the individual needs of students.

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Clearing the Path with UDL

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides a lens that educators can use to make content accessible for all students. See how Kit Hard from the St. Clair County RESA uses technology to clear the path for all learners.

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Glogster EDU & Universal Design for Learning - May 8th

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On May 8th, Glogster EDU Ambassador Lisa Parisi will demonstrate how to use Glogster EDU to address Universal Design for Learning principles. Description: "All teachers now need to learn to work with children with learning difficulties, emotional difficulties, social struggles, and/or physical struggles. One lesson for all children just won’t work. Find out how UDL and Web 2.0 tools like Glogster EDU can help us reach all children and make learning more fun for everyone."


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UDL in the Classroom - Reaching All Students with Technology - Classroom 2.0

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Lisa Parisi will be presenting on UDL in the Classroom at the 2012 Social Learning Summit.  Here is a description of the presentation that will be filled with great strategies in using social media in a UDL classroom.

 

Session Description: We, as educators, are faced with many different challenges. We have a large amount of curriculum to cover, tests our students must do well on, and a public who believes one size fits all works in the classroom. Our students are getting burned out quickly. And one size fits all does not take into account the learning disabled child, the ADHD child, the hearing impaired child, the bored child, the struggling reader, the math phobic child, the artistic child, the leader, the follower, or any other "out of the norm" student (whatever that might be). Web 2.0 tools afford us the opportunity to help all students meet the curricular requirements, demonstrate knowledge, learn, and enjoy school. Learn how to use collaborative tools such as Google docs, presentation tools like Glogster, and research tools such as Discovery Streaming to enliven your classroom. Today, there is no excuse for not reaching all children. Come hear how easy it is."


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EDCompass blog » Three cheers for Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

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Alex Dunn, a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), located in Oxford Mills, Ontario presented at the 10th Annual CESA 5 School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Institute. She explains how she uses SMART boards, iPads, Apple TV, Dropbox, software and a set of apps to support the principles of UDL in her practice.

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Universal Design for Learning iPad Strategies: Text Accessibility

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Kit Hard is an education technology consultant, Universal Design for Learning evangelist, and educational blogger. He specializes in classroom technology integration and facilitating professional development.


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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, June 11, 2013 6:24 PM

Accessibility to text is yet another reason to engage struggling readers with the iPad. Subtext (in the App Store) does much of what's mentioned here and more.

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Examples of using UDL with an iPad

Anthony M Gesamondo III's curator insight, June 21, 2014 12:23 AM

A nice video on UDL classroom teaching using an iPad and only the software that it comes with. 

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A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL in Math –”Fantastic!”

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"As the CCSS has been crafted with principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to support inclusive access for all students with identified learning needs and/or disabilities, English Learners, linguistic minority students, as well as students from fragile families, many educators respond with concern that without technological resources, they feel challenged to design instruction to meet the diverse needs of their students. While technology can provide expanded access, there are many “no-tech and low-tech” options that many teachers utilize that are also UDL-considerate." - Jennifer Finney-Ellison


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:54 PM

Thank you for sharing.

Valerie Chernek's curator insight, April 12, 2013 12:49 PM

An important message!

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More Tips on Infusing UDL into Your Teaching - Multimedia

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A UVM blog from the Center of Teaching and Learning.

 

"This post focuses on one of the three core principles in UDL: multiple means of representation.

 

This means moving beyond textual representation by presenting information and conceptual knowledge to students in a variety of formats, e.g., images, video, and audio. Not only does research indicate that this practice can enhance student understanding and retention of course content, it can also be used to engage students and prime discussion. Students responding to an image, song or movie clip can spark reflection and debate."


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 17, 2013 4:27 PM

This blog offers the steps you need to take to include multimedia as a part of your instruction.

 

>> Step 1:  Finding Multimedia

>> Step 2:  Making Multimedia Accessible

>> Step 3:  Making Multimedia Available on the Web

 

 

 

 

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Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses

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Implementing the principles of universal design in online learning means anticipating the diversity of students that may enroll in your course and planning accordingly. These ten key elements will greatly enhance the accessibility and usability of your course for students with and without disabilities.

 

Step 1: Develop content first, then design.
Step 2: Provide simple, consistent navigation.
Step 3: Include an accommodation statement.
Step 4: Choose CMS tools carefully.
Step 5: Model and teach good discussion board etiquette.
Step 6: Use color with care.
Step 7: Provide accessible document formats.
Step 8: Choose fonts carefully.
Step 9: Convert PowerPoint™ to accessible HTML.
Step 10: If it's auditory make it visual; if it is visual make it auditory.

 

See explanation of these steps on www.ualr.edu


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Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:21 AM

Para tener en cuenta...

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We have been doing this for the past three years.  Establishing appropriate standards for course delivery, look and feel, and consistency goes a long way in establishing the foundation for a good learning experience for students.

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A Glog that Tells the UDL Story

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"No two students are the same, no two students process information the same, and therefore students deserve to have information presented in multiple ways, students should be encouraged to showcase their knowledge in multiple ways, and students should be motivated in multiple ways." Melissa tells the story of UDL and includes video of UDL and the three principles along with the tools that can help support a diversity of learners in the classroom:   the CAST Lesson Builder, UDL Curriculum Self-check and Book Builder.

 


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Personalize Learning: Toolkit

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How do you personalize learning? First you need to know what personalized learning is. Here is a new site that provides resources, research, models, examples, and stories. This page provides a toolkit that can help your organization begin personalizing learning to meet the needs of all learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides the framework in personalizing learning for all learners. UDL also guides the design of the Personal Learner Profile[TM]. It provides the UDL lens to select the appropriate tools for the Personal Learning Backpack[TM] that helps them access information, engage content, and express what they know. UDL guides how Personalized Learning meets the Common Core. 

 

 


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Access the toolkit at:
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Personalized Learning Toolkit

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is used to design curriculum, lessons and instruction based on the diversity of the learners in their classroom.

 

How can UDL guide personalize learning to meet the Common Core?

 

When a teacher understands his/her learners through the UDL lens, he/she creates a flexible learning environment and provides opportunities for learner voice and choice. When lessons are designed using the UDL model, the lesson includes goals, methods, materials, tools, and assessments to reach and support the maximum amount of learners in the classroom. Learners can use this model to help them understand how they learn best and what learning path they can take to become an independent expert learner, leveraging their natural abilities in the process. This process helps the learner create their personal learning profile that is understood by both teacher and learner.

The importance of this strategy is that both the teacher and the learner understand who the learner is and how they learn best. The learner and the teacher uses the UDL lens to personalize learning. So what does that look like? An example of an 8th Grade unit on the Civil War serves as an example along with two students who can meet a number of CCSS when they choose and use the tools to support their learning. Explore our new website, Personalize Learning (www.personalizelearning.com), to learn more about the research, models and educators who are personalizing learning.

 


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RATOMAHENINA HARRY's curator insight, March 24, 2014 4:45 AM

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

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Personalized learning is what 21st Century Learning is all about

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Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News

Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

As educators brace for new reforms, what will these changes look like? How will assessments and curriculum differ from previous versions? How can all students get the best education possible?

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Free Webinar on UDL in States and Districts

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Universal Design for Learning: Growing Momentum in States and Districts

 

Learn the findings of the first comprehensive study of state and district UDL implementation across the nation!

 

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Academic Technology: Two Projects Aiding the Quest for Universally Designed Instruction

Academic Technology: Two Projects Aiding the Quest for Universally Designed Instruction | UDL & ICT in education | Scoop.it

Today we’re sharing the first of several posts drawn from work shared at the 4 April 2012 Academic Technology Showcase, which brought 70-some projects by UMinn faculty, staff and students making use of technology to provoke, further, extend, make possible a range of innovations in Teaching, Learning, and Research.

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Ways Universal Design for Learning Can Benefit All Types of Learners

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Canadian independent schools have more and more students with unique learning needs. They primarily come with an educational assessment of a diagnosed learning disability.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Library Instruction

This article introduces Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an emerging paradigm to “design course instruction, materials, and content to benefit people of all learning styles without adaption or retrofitting.” The study explores multiple UDL principles that could be applied to library instruction by providing a lesson plan in general and one focusing on teaching Boolean Logic. The article presents data and analyzes surveys to evaluate the impact these have on teaching effectiveness. The results of the survey suggest that a simple adoption of UDL can help students master search skills effectively.

 

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10691316.2012.652549

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