Universal Design for Learning

As part of course we have been asked to carry out a deeper investigation on a particular topic – I have chosen the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  UDL is a framework that guides the process in which teachers create flexible learning environments that accommodate individual learning differences.

The overarching notion is relatively ‘simple’.  Simple in theory and can be simple in practice providing you endeavour to design, construct and accommodate the spectrum of learners – ALL learners through the following 3 principles.

 

1. Provide Multiple Means of Representation – give your learners various ways of acquiring knowledge and understanding.

2. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression – allow your learners multiple ways of showing what they know.

3. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement – engage and enthuse your learners through the means which challenges and motivates them.

I located the above meanings and understandings by exploring different online resources, including the National Centre on Universal Design for Learning and reading other blogs about the area Kathleen McClaskey’s take on using Mobile Apps with the UDL framework and the blog which I found most informative, which was Jackie Gerstein’s take on UDL which provided much information as well as informative diagrams and video clips.  A fellow student Scott Corry also provides an excellent blog about UDL giving practical information in a very accessible way; make sure you check it out!

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