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The pedagogical framework to designing learning environments to teach and to support ALL learners!
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CAST UDL Online Modules

CAST UDL Online Modules | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

This CAST UDL Module offers an interactive learning experience in learning about UDL.  Use it to teach yourself or use it in a course you are teaching.  Universal Design for Learning is the first step in understanding who the learners are in your classroom that can result in helping you universally-design your lessons.  

 

It is all about teaching and reaching all learners!

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The Accessible University: Applying UD and UDL to Writing Environments

The Accessible University: Applying UD and UDL to Writing Environments | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Allison Hitt frames her thoughts about accessibility in higher education:

 

>"When we talk about education, we must account for both classroom spaces and flexible pedagogical practices, denormalizing our ideas not only about students but also about teaching, learning, and composing practices.
> First-year composition curricula and writing centers would benefit from adopting principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for > Learning to create the most accessible learning environments possible.
> Universal Design (UD) is a spatial theory that emphasizes the importance for all spaces to be as accessible for the widest range of people possible, regardless of bodily differences.
> Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way to apply equitable and flexible curricular principles to writing pedagogies. UDL’s principles—multiple means of representation, of actions and expression, of engagement—necessitate writing practices that provide students with more opportunities for learning.

> Applying UDL to writing center pedagogies asks tutors “not to think of how they might adapt their tutoring for students with disabilities” because “all students come to sessions with a variety of differences” (Kiedaisch & Dinitz 50)."

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BC UDL Project Wiki - Training Resources, UDL Lessons and More!

BC UDL Project Wiki - Training Resources, UDL Lessons and More! | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

This wiki has a wealth of resources from the BC Universal Design for Learning project that was a Ministry of Education funded initiative to assist pilot school districts in implementing principles and building infrastructure for UDL. 

 

Training resources used in the project are housed on this wiki along with UDL resources, a suggested plan for a year-long study of UDL, updates on other UDL initiatives in BC, and links to social bookmark lists, blogs and wikis created by UDL project members.

 

"The project was conducted from September 2007 to June 2010. Pilot schools in the project received release time and training in UDL principles and technologies. They also received UDL Toolkits consisting of technology and software to help implement UDL. During the year, the teams designed and taught UDL lessons which they contributed to the BC UDL Learning Object Repository."  (http://www.setbc.org/bcudl/)

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How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice in High Quality Online Courseware - Use UDL Approach

How People Learn:  Bridging Research and Practice in High Quality Online Courseware - Use UDL Approach | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

To develop and deliver high-quality online courseware that supports domain specific learning, the following guiding principles should be used:


> Support and structure learning to enable students to use the types of investigative and learning strategies modeled or exemplified by disciplinary experts (e.g., scientific inquiry, journalistic strategies, thinking like a historian).
> Build teacher capacity so that they have access to knowledge and resources to effectively support domain-based learning. Courseware should leverage the digital medium to simultaneously support strategies for student learning and teacher effectiveness. 
> Utilize strategies that build meta-awareness and meta-cognitive skills for both students and teachers.
> Design for variability and multiplicity rather than one-size-fits-all solutions by embracing a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach.

> Use familiar and comfortable domains to introduce new domains 

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Xtranormal: Waiting for UDL

Don Glass and Kim Willey created this animation in Xtranormal to address key questions about UDL. The animation and dialogue offers an example of the first UDL principle:  multiple means of representation.

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UDL-U: A Comprehensive Faculty Development Guide

UDL-U: A Comprehensive Faculty Development Guide | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Sonoma State University has provided their faculty resources and professional development to implement UDL at the post-secondary level.  Here is what their commitment is to the faculty.

 

"UDL-U supports postsecondary faculty and staff by providing resources and examples to improve postsecondary education for all students, including those with disabilities. UDL-U is designed to be useful for individual inquiries related to small UDL topics, issues, or problems, as well as scalable to larger faculty development efforts (e.g., Faculty Learning Communities). UDL-U frames course redesign as a three-tier professional development process:

 

> Application of UDL principles to enhance teaching and learning
> Utilization of accessible instructional media and practices
> Awareness of assistive technology enablers and barriers"

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Maryland Learning Links - UDL in Your Classroom

Maryland Learning Links - UDL in Your Classroom | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

This an excellent resource in learning "how to implement UDL in your classroom" with a focus on curriculum.  Learn how to apply the three principles of UDL and in turn, remove barriers to learning in your own classroom.

 

It is important for you to understand the basis and the context of UDL, but what is most relevant, of course, is how you can use UDL in your classroom. In this part of the site, we will use a case study to look at ways that you can apply UDL in the four main areas of a school curriculum:

 

> Goals

> Instructional Materials

> Instructional Methods

> Assessments

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UDL and Personalized Learning | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

UDL and Personalized Learning | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

In this interview you will learn about UDL and how the principles of UDL could be used to help all students understand their own learning. Envision using the UDL principles to help learners understand how they learn and how to personalize their learning. 

 

Universal Design in Learning (UDL) is about providing instruction and the appropriate tools to all learners so they are successful in meeting their learning goals. Personalized learning is all about the learner and starts with the learner. There seems to be some confusion about what UDL is from the perspective of personalized learning.

 

Q7:  Why is UDL necessary for all learners? 

When any student understands how they learn, they are empowered to take ownership of their learning. This opens doors in having tools and resources that can help them become independent learners and motivated in learning, in and out of school. It also opens up windows of opportunities for learners to appreciate their aptitudes, talents and gifts and for teachers to guide and nurture them in the learning activities and projects.

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»The Virtual Staffroom Podcast» This is Personal

»The Virtual Staffroom Podcast» This is Personal | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

In this podcast, Barbara Bray and I discuss personalized learning, differentiated instruction and Universal Design for Learning and how apps could support a persoanlized learning environment. Included in the resources is a link to "Personalized Learning Toolkits:  Designing New Pathways for Each Child".

 

Thanks to Chris Betcher for asking us to do this podcast!

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UDL for ALL: Matt Bergman's Ed Tech 2.0 Blog: Move Over Brittanica and Make Room for Life

UDL for ALL: Matt Bergman's Ed Tech 2.0 Blog: Move Over Brittanica and Make Room for Life | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Matt Bergman describes how Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) can be used to support the three UDL principles in a science lesson.  He clearly articulates how easily a teacher can use this online tool to provide multiple means of representation, expression and engagement in their lesson.  Here are his concluding remarks:

 

"When our students are able to connect with different ways of representing material, expressing their knowledge, and engaging with content, we are creating a successful lesson or unit. No matter what format you use, incorporating the elements of UDL can enhance any type of lesson plan format!"

 

Thank you, Matt!

 

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UDL Unplugged - The Role of Technology in UDL | National Center On UDL

UDL Unplugged - The Role of Technology in UDL | National Center On UDL | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

"This paper examines the question of whether technology is central to the foundations of UDL or whether UDL is useful as a pedagogical framework that goes beyond technology. This paper uses the UDL guidelines as a structural framework through which to examine these questions."

 

Download the summary of this article where a lesson is examined through the lens of the three principles of UDL.  Discover how these principles can be easily incorporated in the design of the lesson.

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CAST: UDL Fellowship Program

CAST: UDL Fellowship Program | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

UDL Fellows spend one year in residence at CAST and collaborate with research scientists, policy experts, and teacher education professionals from CAST and Boston College on UDL-based projects in two of the following four leadership areas:

 

> Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
> Policy Development at National, State and Local Levels
> Curriculum and Instructional Practices
> Formative and Summative Assessment Systems

 

Deadline:  January 14, 2012

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A District Implements UDL with a Focus on Improving Instruction

A District Implements UDL with a Focus on Improving Instruction | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation is an example where UDL has been implemented across the district with the focus on "improving instruction".  Included on this site are a set of videos and podcasts that features how UDL principles are being implemented in the classroom with all students.

 

"In 2003, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC), an Indiana district serving 11,000 students, began implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in a single pilot school. Today, UDL principles are applied to one degree or another in all of the district’s 19 schools, first begun as part of a statewide UDL initiative called the PATINS project."

 

Why bring UDL into your district?

 

"In this excerpt George Van Horn (District Director of Special Education Services) stresses that he along with Bill Jensen (Director of Secondary Education) and Karen Garrity (Director of Elementary Education) were all focused on improving instruction. They had already adopted inclusionary practices for their district and, rather than add on services, the next leap forward needed to come from a focus on improving core instruction. UDL aligned with their core beliefs."

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Does Your School District Want to Participate in a UDL Project?

Does Your School District Want to Participate in a UDL Project? | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
Are you already using Universal Design for Learning and want to expand it within your district?

 

This may be of interest to your district if you are familiar with UDL and have a need to enhance current literacy practices. This document constitutes the application process for selection to work with CAST and partners in the implementation of the UDL PDS.

 

Components of the UDL PDS include which will be available to schools:

 

> Professional development (e.g., face-to-face, online)
> Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) led by UDL Coaches and UDL Facilitators
> Online instruction, and
> Professional learning resources.

 

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PaperPort App - Notetaking using Dragon Dictate and More!

PaperPort App - Notetaking using Dragon Dictate and More! | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Here is an universally-designed app that we have all been waiting for.  The combination of tools in this app is above the rest and one that can support the broadest range of learners!  Here is just a glimpse of the features:

 

> Quickly take typed and/or free hand notes

> Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking

> Leverage powerful annotative tools to quickly mark up documents

> Never miss another detail by adding audio page by page within your notes

> Combine full documents, individual pages, content from the web and notes into a single document.

> Powerful search, copy/paste, reordering and bookmarking tools allow you to quickly navigate your notes while staying organized

> Access and share content using your favorite cloud storage service.

 

Did I say, it is FREE!

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Science Fairs are UDL, Personalized Learning

Science Fairs are UDL, Personalized Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

From Stephen Petrucci's blog, Leadership i Public Education, a connection is made between UDL and Personalized Learning. Here are some of the connections he has made:

 

"As we continue to search for ways to frame personalized learning in British Columbia, we can point to some practices that have been around for a long time - notably the Science Fair. Rather than pitting the philosophies of revolution vs evolution in our education system, I believe it is crucial to recognize what currently exists as excellent practice in personalized learning. This approach is very much in line with the appreciative inquiry model which encourages a focus on what is going well."

 

"The Science Fair project is an excellent example of "independent study" - a term we use in describing a personalized learning framework."

 

"Finally, it is clear to see how well a science fair project fits in the Universal Design for Learning framework through Multiple means of Representation, Multiple means of Action and Expression and Multiple means of Engagement."

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UDL for All: Helping Students Become Organized Through a Text?

UDL for All: Helping Students Become Organized Through a Text? | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Matt Bergman's Ed Tech 2.0 Blog focuses on an Edmodo feature that allows students to send text messages to themselves when an important assignment is due.  Matt points out in his comments why this is a UDL experience where many students can benefit.

 

"Creating expert learners is one of the goals of creating a universally designed learning experience. Although not appropriate or needed by some of our students, this is a great way for many of students to learn how to self regulate and use their time wisely."

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Universal Design for Learning in HCPSS

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This is one of the most extensive resources on UDL that should be shared widely in the educational community.  From HCPSS (Howard County Public School System):

 

"We hope these resources will help prepare you to meet the challenge of engaging all learners with diverse needs, abilities and backgrounds and will provide you with practical, hands-on solutions for reaching and teaching 21st century learners.

 

Our goals are to:

> Raise awareness of Universal Design for Learning
> Identify resources useful in learning more about UDL
> Examine UDL as it is applied in the classroom"


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Video: UDL Series - From Bach to Lady Gaga

Video: UDL Series - From Bach to Lady Gaga | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

The UDL Series - Dr. David Rose presentation from the OSEP Project Directors Meeting.  Enjoy!

 

Learning Goal:
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how the Universal Design for Learning framework can lead to expert learning and effective education decision making.

 

Essential Questions:
> Why is it important for educational leaders to understand the UDL framework?
> How can understanding UDL help leaders to make educational decisions?
> In what ways can leaders motivate and engage school personnel in implementing the UDL framework?

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Board to Cheers: Tech Helps Kids Learn in UDL Project

Board to Cheers: Tech Helps Kids Learn in UDL Project | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Smartboards, lap-tops and new methods made the difference in two elementary schools in a UDL project introduced by SET BC (Special Education Technology) in 2007/08.  Here is just a small glimpse of the remarkable results with students at these schools.

 

"Principals Lisa Salloum of Birchland elementary and Anita Strang of Panorama Heights elementary told School District 43 trustees that reading levels for learning disabled students doubled the first year after a Universal Designs for Learning project was introduced in 2007/’08 and tripled the following year."

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UDL Series: New Session to Launch on January 24th

UDL Series:  New Session to Launch on January 24th | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

"Join us for this new UDL Series session: "From Bach to Lady Gaga". This session offers a unique perspective of UDL for educators and school leaders. At the invitation of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, Dr. David Rose presented a provocative speech on UDL at the 2011 OSEP Project Directors meeting. His inspiring keynote brought the audience to a standing ovation."

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udl4all / Firefox Web Browser Add-ons

udl4all / Firefox Web Browser Add-ons | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton has provided a set of links on Firefox Add-ons for both Mac and PC's that can make the web more accessible to all students; in other words, making it more universally-designed.

 

Thank you Paul for this great resource to support all learners!

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Universal Design for Learning at The University of Vermont

Discover in this video how UVM has taken the bold step in integrating UDL principles in their instruction at the higher ed level.

 

"The UDL@UVM Project seeks to create opportunities for success and meaningful learning for all students, including those with learning challenges and disabilities.

This video introduces a collaborative consultation model designed to assist faculty to design teaching strategies that are based on the neuroscience of learning. Two students, Louise Contino and Anna Holland-Levine, a faculty member, Sheila Boland Chira, now using UDL practices, and UVM's president, Daniel Fogel, share their perspectives on UDL for UVM."

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HER “Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education” - UDL is one focus

HER “Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education” - UDL is one focus | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

The Harvard Educational Review (HER) is planning an upcoming Special Issue themed Expanding our Vision for the Arts in Education that will bring together the voices of practitioners, researchers, and youth who engage in innovative arts learning. Specifically, HER invites authors to submit proposals for manuscripts that address the ways in which high quality arts learning experiences of various forms can be successfully implemented to drive the learning and engagement of 21st century young people and adults in schools, through after-school programs, in formal and informal learning environments, and online in the digital world.

 

HER is in search of submissions that focus on the arts in education through a variety of lenses.  UDL is one of those lenses:

 

"The lenses of mind-brain-education and Universal Design for Learning—that consider the arts as a vehicle uniquely capable of facilitating the cognitive and social development of learners whose individual differences are inadequately capitalized upon in traditional curriculum, and whose neurophysiology is evolving alongside the expansion of digital technology."

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Infographic: Left vs. Right Brain

Infographic: Left vs. Right Brain | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

"If you ever wondered why you act the way you do, the answer may lie in which side of your brain you tend to use more. Allthough they're generalizations, popular theories suggest that right-brain people have different skills and preferences than those who are left-brain people. How do these differences impact you? Find out in this infographic."

 

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) has noted that how we learn is as unique as our DNA.  This infographic will help you discover about what side of the brain you use most often, and then ask yourself, WHY?  


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