ocTEL Week 3 – Universal Design for Learning

This is an extension of the post about learning styles where I mentioned the idea of Universal Design for Learning. I wasn’t aware of this concept and so I thought it might be a good idea to cluster some resources here.

First of all, what’s it about? Well, according to the National Centre on Universal Design for Learning (http://www.udlcenter.org)

“The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators meet this goal by providing a framework for understanding how to create curricula that meets the needs of all learners from the start.

The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula. However, to fully understand these Guidelines one must first understand what UDL is.

The UDL Guidelines are organized according to the three main principles of UDL that address representation, expression, and engagement. For each of these areas, specific “Checkpoints” for options are highlighted, followed by examples of practical suggestions. In addition, Examples and Resources to guide implementation as well as a listing of the Research Evidence are offered for every checkpoint. Learn about the changes in UDL Guidelines 2.0

Another resource suggested on the ocTEL site is for technology and universal design: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Resources/technology.html

Here is a nice overview of the concept of Universal Design for Learning:

UDL Guidelines

Another great UDL resource pointed out by Moira: http://apa.uoit.ca/aoda/

And also this article which Moira mentioned in her blog post: http://at4allspring10.pbworks.com/f/UDL2ndDecade.pdf

This is certainly something that is worth spending a bit of time looking into 😉



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