The mission statement of the OSD is to facilitate and support the inclusion of diverse learners. Universal Design is a framework which removes barriers on campus in order to broaden access to university services for ALL students.
In this InfoBrief, the authors discuss the importance of embedding UDL strategies to instruct and engage learners of all learning styles in the curriculum and lesson. Furthermore, the authors point out that by implementing UDL ...
UDL identifies three guiding principles for developing curriculum that eliminates the barriers that often prevent learning; providing multiple means of representation (Supporting Diverse Recognition Networks); provide multiple ...
"The universal design of instruction (UDI) is gaining increased attention and application by educational researchers and practitioners at K-12 and postsecondary levels. UDI means that, rather than designing for the average student, you design instruction for students who potentially have broad ranges with respect to ability, disability, age, reading level, learning style, native language, race, ethnicity, and other characteristics. UDI can be applied to all aspects of instruction, including class climate, interaction, physical environments and products, delivery methods, information resources and technology, feedback, and assessment."
To differentiate, you do not need to make multiple versions of the same lessons! UDL is about multiple means of accessing learning, engagement, and mastery. Technology facilitates learning. Not just for Special Ed . Not just assistive technology. Like PBIS, it is a framework.
Learners must construct meaning. Barriers are not always within the student.
Don't miss this ISTE SETSIG Webinar presented by Alex Dunn:
"iPads as Part of a Universal Design for Learning Toolki"
December 4, 7-8 pm (ET)
Class profiling and goal selection act as the starting point for exploring how apps, accessibility features and the integration of the iPad with external devices (switches, interactive whiteboards) can provide multiple means of representation, expression and engagement for ALL in collaborative, inclusive learning environments.
Speaker: Alex Dunn is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Upper Canada District School Board and president of Inclusioneers, Alex Dunn has presented across the USA, Canada, Germany, England, Spain, exploring technology (SMART Technology, iDevices, Assistive Technology) and theory as part of Universal Design for Learning Toolkit to ensure ALL students, achieve the goal of meaningful educational, social participation.
Register on this site and take a look at the great archived webinars!
Abreena Tompkins, instruction specialist at Surry Community College, has developed a brain-based online course design model based on a meta-analysis of more than 300 articles. In this study, she distilled the following elements of brain-based course design:
Low-risk, nonthreatening learning environment Challenging, real-life, authentic assessments Rhythms, patterns, and cycles Appropriate chunking or grouping Learning as orchestration rather than lecture or facilitation Appropriate level of novelty Appropriately timed breaks and learning periods Purposeful assessments Learning that addresses visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners Active processing with mental models The use of universal examples, analogies, and parallel processing
How do you plan? How often is the textbook the source of the plan? How often is district curriculum referenced? How detailed are your plans? Do you design units and then lessons or just a string of lessons?
"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."
Two projects that incorporate UDL principles are showcased here. Universal design means "creating more ways into the learning experiences for all students". Take a closer look at these to projects:
"1. The Media Description Project – Real-Time Access to Images for Blind & Visually Impaired Students: write up by Tim Kamenar; Disability Services, student services coordinator.
2. Podcasting: Learning on-the-go: write up by Susan Aase; Disability Services, outreach coordinator.
Course objectives include
> increasing engagement with the learning process through direct involvement with producing and sharing new information related to the course;
> stimulating learning through use of emerging technology-based learning venues;
> building a sense of community by involving students in teaching one another;
> empowering students to become co-producers of the learning process and the outcomes;
> and increasing measurable student outcomes, such as lower rates of course withdrawal and higher final course grades."
Universal design in instruction or learning (UDI or UDL) recognizes that designing the classroom for maximum inclusion of diverse learning styles and abilities, without sacrificing either standards or aesthetics, will bring ...
This multimedia book provides hyperlinks to resources, interactive diagrams, videos of techniques and demonstrations, and downloadable pdfs with templates and frameworks for applying UDL. It offers a nice balance of theory and practice and is divided into two sections. The first four chapters address the concept of UDL and its underlying neuroscientific principles. The last four chapters address practical applications of UDL in the classroom. Because of its multimedia content, the book is engaging, easy to understand, and accessible to all learning styles. It is a great resource and must read for all educators, especially current and future online educators, who are interested in personalizing and differentiating instruction in the digital age.
There are some great resources on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The idea is a curriculum that expands and contracts to the diverse needs of our students rather than the one-size-fits all approach.
In fact, the Model Curriculum Unit Project has used UDL as a lesson-planning component. Since the standards in math and ELA do not address the specifics of instruction for special populations, UDL has provided that support ...
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?
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