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The pedagogical framework to designing learning environments to teach and to support ALL learners!
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Where are all the Expert Learners?

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Bill McGrath from Montgomery County Public Schools, MD, shares why UDL is important for all learners.
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The UDL framework gives us guidelines and a vision to build expert learners:

  • Learners who can navigate flexible learning opportunities with great skill.  
  • Learners who do not just navigate but are active partners and innovators in the design of future learning.  

UDL tells us how to do this so it can work for each and every learner. 

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The UDL framework gives us guidelines and a vision to build expert learners:
  • Learners who can navigate flexible learning opportunities with great skill.  
  • Learners who do not just navigate but are active partners and innovators in the design of future learning.  
UDL tells us how to do this so it can work for each and every learner.  
Inma Contreras's curator insight, January 18, 10:58 AM

Some tips to convert our experience of learning. To learn and to teach.

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UDL Conversations - The Variability of Learners

UDL Conversations - The Variability of Learners | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

David Rose - Founder and Chief Education Officer, CAST

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Welcome to Conversations in Multiple Media, which will be a regular section of the forthcoming Universal Design for Learning: A Journal of Theory, Research, & Practice in which experts from the education field comment on a single article. This first installment focuses on "The Variability of Learners," a chapter from a new book, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, by Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, and David Gordon.

 

Enjoy the commentary from leading educators and learners and then join in the conversation!

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Stages of Learning – Knowing your Learners » Universally Designed

Stages of Learning – Knowing your Learners » Universally Designed | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Jason Gibson makes some important points about how to meet the need of ALL learners.  First and foremost, know your learners before you decide on an instructional  strategy and the technology you may use.  How do you do this?  Use the UDL Class Learning Profile.

 

"I wanted to share a foundational principle for meeting the needs of ALL learners. Before you select the technology, you must identify the strategy. Before you select the strategy, you have to know where your learners are in regards to the content/skill you are teaching! Knowing this will allow you to make the best instructional (including when, what, and how with technology) decision for each learner. Haring, et al., 1978 was one of the earliest to dive into these stages and it has moved forward with a few minor changes through the years. Here they are (drumroll please!): Acquisition, Fluency, Maintenance, and Generalization."

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Engaging Diverse Learners: Arts & UDL in the Classroom, Part Two / Richard Jenkins

Engaging Diverse Learners: Arts & UDL in the Classroom, Part Two / Richard Jenkins | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

"I found myself in a classroom with nineteen ESL learners in South Boston. Our task was to guide the students through the creation of fictional characters with individualized traits and customs and, finally, to create fictional narratives about these characters. Seven of these children were not yet fluent in speaking or understanding English. Also present in the room were three Special Needs students, each with their own cognitive and developmental challenges."

 

"UDL assumes that the student diversity is the norm, that educators must prepare a flexible curriculum and pedagogy that meets all of the diverse students’ needs. The end result is a learning environment with high expectations for all learners."

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Technologies, iPads and Apps Supporting Diverse Learners | Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012 Update |

Technologies, iPads and Apps Supporting Diverse Learners | Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012 Update | | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
The Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012 Committee has just achieved one of the major conference milestones; the final program has been announced!
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UDL for All Learners

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Universal Design for Learning from CAST is for all learners and how it maximizes learning for all learners to become expert learners..
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UDL is the framework for personalized learning. We found this very helpful for the teachers we are working with to personalize learning. UDL made sense for all learners. If you look at the three principles from the learner’s point of view, it is all about access and how they process information, how they engage with the content and use what they learn, and how they express what they know and understand. To personalize learning, we recommend using these three terms: access, engage, and express to help teachers wrap their hands around the design of their curriculum and learning environment. 

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2-Day Institute: UDL - Addressing the Variability of All Learners

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CAST is offering 2-day Institutes in March, May and August, "UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners".  Participants gain:

 

> A working knowledge of the neuroscience of learning and how individual variability plays out in different educational environments

> Guidelines and techniques to apply UDL principles to the design of lessons and curriculum units so all learners can reach the goal

> Strategies, both with and without technology, for classroom practice which includes CAST learning, authoring, and planning tools such as: UDL Book Builder, UDL Studio, UDL Connect, UDL Editions, Science Writer, and UDL Curriculum Self-Check

 

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Teaching For Diversity: Universal Design for Learning

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This UDL blog for higher education, created by Dr. Shelley Kinash, provides unique insights and directions on how to universally design higher education learning environments.

 

"While university is challenging for every student, some learners find the difficulties nearly insurmountable. International students from non-English speaking backgrounds have difficulty understanding what their teachers are saying. Mature-aged students struggle to maintain energy levels while balancing study, family, and work. Students with learning disabilities are confused by the lengthy and complex readings. Students with sensory impairments such as blindness and deafness find many online resources inaccessible."

 

Link to the complete article in this blog where you will discover many more examples.



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UDL and Expert Learners | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

UDL and Expert Learners | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Who are Expert Learners? 

 

1. Strategic, goal-directed learners. They formulate plans for learning, devise effective strategies and tactics to optimize learning; they organize resources and tools to facilitate learning; they monitor their progress toward mastery; they recognize their own strengths and weaknesses as learners; and they abandon plans and strategies that are ineffective.

 

2. Resourceful, knowledgeable learners. They bring considerable prior knowledge to new learning; they activate that prior knowledge to identify, organize, prioritize and assimilate new information. They recognize the tools and resources that would help them find, structure, and remember new information; and they know how to transform new information into meaningful and useable knowledge.

 

3. Purposeful, motivated learners. Their goals are focused on mastery rather than performance; they know how to set challenging learning goals for themselves and how to sustain the effort and resilience that reaching those goals will require; they can monitor and regulate emotional reactions that would be impediments or distractions to their successful learning.

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