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Transforming education & breaking down barriers for online learners through innovative uses of technology & cognitive neuroscience research
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About UDL

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What is Universal Design for Learning?

"Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs."

 

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Universal Design for Learning/Assistive Technologies

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Helpful blog with lots of links and  resources about Universal Design for Learning.

 

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a combination of pedagogy and technique that acknowledges the different levels of needs. UDL uses brain-based research to identify the need for addressing multiple methods of representation, expression and engagement of learners with information and knowledge. It involves instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments."

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CAST UDL Online Modules

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

Module One: What is Universal Design for Learning? offers an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by addressing the three principles of UDL, the connection of UDL to neuroscience, and the impact of UDL on curriculum. This module provides you with an interactive learning experience. You may wish to think of it as an interactive text book.

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5 Apps for Learning and Media Creation for Elementary Students in the Inclusive Classroom

5 Apps for Learning and Media Creation for Elementary Students in the Inclusive Classroom | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

"When using iPads with students, consider apps which allow students opportunities to create media which demonstrates understanding and lets them show what they know and how they feel. This is a very engaging, challenging, and meaningful way for students to learn and for teachers to understand and assess what their students comprehend."


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

Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | Universal Design for Online Learning | 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? The answer, some experts believe, lies partially in Universal Design for Learning (UDL)—a framework that’s quickly gaining momentum across the U.S."


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

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

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.

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UDL Principle 3 and Web 2.0 - Wikis, podcasts and blogs

UDL Principle 3 and Web 2.0 - Wikis, podcasts and blogs | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

How can Web 2.0 tools help support UDL Principle 3: the "why" of learning?  Here are just a few example on how wikis, podcasts and blogs can provide "muliple means of expression".

 

How can wikis help?

> Hyperlinks can be used to make meaningful connections between current content and its “real life” uses

> Hyperlinks can be used to connect to news reports and other information that validates the time spent in class on a topic

> Educators can offer students option to work together in an online format on group projects

> Educators can offer students the option to share work product online (either with or without comments and changes available to viewers)

 

How can podcasts help?

> Educators can offer multiple podcasts or vodcasts that explain content from different angles

> Educators can allow students to use podcasting (such as songs, radio shows, and news reports) and vodcasting (such as music videos, documentaries, and performing arts) technologies alone or as a group to create projects

 

How can blogs help?

> Educators can use daily and weekly blog postings to clarify choices and communicate to students and parents which parts are choice and which parts are required

> Educators can use blog postings to frequently make connections between the current content and real-life applications


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UDL Principle 2 and Web 2.0 - Wikis, Podcasts and Blogs

UDL Principle 2 and Web 2.0 - Wikis, Podcasts and Blogs | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

How can Web 2.0 tools help support UDL Principle 2: the "how" of learning? Here are just a few example on how wikis, podcasts and blogs can provide "muliple means of expression".

 

How can wikis help?

> "Educators can post hyperlinks to demonstrations of multiple models of skilled performance

> Educators and students alike can offer ongoing relevant feedback to student contributions; students can contribute/alter content anonymously and still receive relevant feedback"

 

How can podcasts help?

> "Students can use podcasting and vodcasting to share what they know; these can be used as informal assessments (to guide educators in determining what to teach in the future) as well as for formal assessment"

 

How can blogs help?

> "Students can use text, graphics, video, voice/sound files, and other easy-to-create electronic tools to interact with the material and “show what they know”"

 

- From the course, SPED 210 (6210)|TRED 210 (6110): Universal Design for Learning - Implications for Career Assessment and Transition at The George Washington University

 


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Video: Learner Variability and Universal Design for Learning

Video: Learner Variability and Universal Design for Learning | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

Here is an excellent video produced by CAST to help understand learner variability

 

"Learning Goal
Participants will be able to explain how the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework helps educators address systematic learner variability.

 

Essential Questions
> Why are curricula limited if they are designed for the 'average' learner?
> What makes learner variability systematic?
> Why is it important for educators to know about systematic learner variability?"

 


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Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses

Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

"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"

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)-Case Stories

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)-Case Stories | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Eight case stories highlight how faculty are reaching more students through diversity in teaching approaches. 

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National Center On Universal Design for Learning (Website)

National Center On Universal Design for Learning (Website) | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information about:

-UDL Basics

-Advocacy

-Research

 

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How typeface influences the way we read and think

How typeface influences the way we read and think | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

...And why everyone hates Comic Sans MS "Typography is one ingredient in a pretty complicated presentation," Cyrus Highsmith, a typeface designer and author of the book Inside Paragraphs, told me over the phone. "Typography is the detail and the presentation of a story. It represents the voice of an atmosphere, or historical setting of some kind. It can do a lot of things."

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UDL At A Glance (Video)

People are as diverse as their finger prints...so is their learning. Universal Design for lLearning goes beyond accessibilty because it builds support and challenge. This video provides an explantation of the underlying principles of Universal Design for Learning. Created by CAST. (Video)

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Teaching & Learning - Brain-Based Online Learning Design - Magna Publications

Teaching & Learning - Brain-Based Online Learning Design - Magna Publications | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

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
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SpeEdChange: The Freedom Stick - be ready for Universal Design next academic year

SpeEdChange: The Freedom Stick - be ready for Universal Design next academic year | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

Are you looking for a tool that you can put in the hands of your studnents tha twill provide them with tools to help them learn? If so, check out The Freedom Stick. 

A free downloadable package of software that comes to you from Michigan's Integrated Technology Support. For information and links to many other resources check out this post!


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Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses

Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

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.

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Students With Disabilities and Online Learning | Universal Design for Instruction in Postsecondary Education

Students With Disabilities and Online Learning | Universal Design for Instruction in Postsecondary Education | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

"Students with disabilities require unique support in the online learning environment. Many higher education instructors assume that all materials available online are accessible to all students (Cook, 2002). In fact, a recent survey of online instructors found that 80% did not consider the needs of students with disabilities, and 12% only partially consider the needs of students with disabilities when designing online courses (Bissonnette, 2006). This lack of awareness for students with disabilities in course design is especially pronounced given that approximately 11% of all college and university students have a disability (National Center on Education Statistics, 2009). Considering the needs of students with disabilities when designing online course content benefits these students, but will also benefit all students (Burgstahler, Anderson, Slatin, & Lewis, 2008; Dukes, Koorland, & Scott, 2009). This brief examines issues faced by students with disabilities in online/blended courses and strategies to address these issues as stated in the literature."


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CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology (Website)

CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology (Website) | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies.

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UDL Principle 1 and Web 2.0 - Wikis, Podcasts and Blogs

UDL Principle 1 and Web 2.0 - Wikis, Podcasts and Blogs | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

How can Web 2.0 tools help support UDL Principle 1: the "what" of learning?  Here are just a few example on how wikis, podcasts and blogs can provide "muliple means of representation".

 

How can wikis help?

> Educators can post text, graphics, video, voice/sound files, and interactive applications to show concepts, skills, and facts in different ways

> Students can use posted and in-class examples as a springboard to creating and posting their own examples to clarify information for themselves and their peers

 

 How can podcasts help?

> Video (vodcast) and voice (podcast) recordings can provide anecdotes and stories related to essential skills and knowledge that would be unwieldy to type

 

How can blogs help?

> Educators can offer information in most of the same diverse ways as indicated above in the section on wikis (text, graphics, video, voice/sound files, and links to interactive applications)

> Easy, responsive method of addressing prior knowledge issues that arise during each day and might be addressed online at night

 

 - From the course, SPED 210 (6210)|TRED 210 (6110): Universal Design for Learning - Implications for Career Assessment and Transition at The George Washington University


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Universal instructional Design Principles for Moodle

Universal instructional Design Principles for Moodle | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

The paper identifies a set of universal instructional design (UID) principles appropriate to distance education (DE) and tailored to the needs of instructional designers and instructors teaching online. These principles are then used to assess the accessibility level of a sample online course and the availability of options in its LMS platform (Moodle) to increase course accessibility. Numerous accessibility-sensitive plug-in modules are found to be available to Moodle users, though relatively few features were included in the sample course analysed. This may be because they have not been made available to instructors at the institutional level. The paper offers a series of recommendations to improve the accessibility of online DE to learners with diverse abilities, disabilities, and needs.

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Universal Design for Learning: Online Tutorial

Universal Design for Learning: Online Tutorial | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

An overview of universal design, how it applies to learning systems and environments, and how to do it - for teachers, professors, instructors, administrators, instructional designers, and performance technologists.

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Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction

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Universal Design of Instruction

"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."

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Everybody Learns, Everybody Works: Using Universal Design for Learning in Workforce Development Programs | NCWD/Youth

Everybody Learns, Everybody Works: Using Universal Design for Learning in Workforce Development Programs | NCWD/Youth | Universal Design for Online Learning | Scoop.it

Excellent report on how to apply UDL principles in a Workforce Development Program.

 

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational model for creating general curriculums that are accessible to all learners, regardless of learning style. This information brief is for professionals working directly with youth in workforce development programs. It explains the principles of UDL and how these principles can be used in work experiences and training settings to more effectively and efficiently engage all youth, including youth with disabilities. By incorporating UDL into workforce development programs, youth service professionals can use evidence-based practices to support youth as they prepare to transition from education to the workplace."


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