Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning which is also known as UDL is an educational framework. Key points of UDL are that there needs to be flexible and diverse learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences within the classroom and accomodate all students learning styles. The curriculum for UDL is based from the idea of providing multiple means of representation, expression and interaction within the classroom for all learners to access the curriculum. UDL Is based on the idea that the curriculum can be shown through multiple means of representation in order to cater to all learners and students with disabilities. This allows various ways of acquiring information and knowledge and express what children know. This they believe will allow children access the material and also to be more motivated to learn. The curriculum of UDL has four parts which includes Instructional Goals, Methods, Materials, and Assessments. The main main purpose for UDL is to increased access to the curriculum for all students. UDL is based on inclusion and that all children should have equal access to all aspects of the curriculum. There has been impact of UDL in legislation which includes 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and The No Child Left Behind (presented a need for a practice that will accommodate all learners).
Universal Design for Learning (photos)
These are UDL's 3 principles. Based on the beliefs of UDL there should be multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement so that all children can access the curriculum equally. This can be applied to children with different learning styles as well as children with various disabilities.
Video: this video goes over the basic principals of UDL. It discusses the 3 basic principles that UDL follows and who UDL really applies to such as ELL students, students with disabilities and students who needs more of a challenge in the classroom. This video has been produced by CAST and discusses various ways that classrooms can adapt their environment to help children achieve the most that they can and access the curriculum.
Video: UDL at a glance discusses how teachers must meet curriculum goals need to be as diverse as the students that we are teaching for from the start. UDL is an approach curriculum that to minimize barriers and maximizes learning for all students and accessibility to curriculum. This video breaks down Universal Design for diverse learners and ways for students to access curriculum.
The following video discusses various aspects of UDL including incorporating technology in the class room and the brain recognition networks that are involved in learning. This video endorses the use of UDL and the ability to have all students and learns be able to access the curriculum and demonstrate their knowledge through various ways.
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