Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Understanding the Importance of UDL

 Today's blog post's focus is on Universal Design Learning (UDL), which plays an incredibly important role in determining the appropriateness of assistive technology and ensuring it meets the needs of the individual. Even if you are new to understanding UDL, you've most likely seen it displayed throughout your life (predictive text on your smartphone) or within your own classroom (e-books).  The infographic below and the Q&A for Educators article written by National Center On Universal Design for Learning are helpful in clearly explaining not only what it is, but also the importance of successfully implementing it with all students, not just those with disabilities.
"It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs." -Amanda Morin, writer for

Universal Design Learning is a framework for learning that includes all students. Being grounded in socio-cultural theory, UDL views learning environments and social interactions as being key elements in development and learning. In UDL students are allowed to express their learning in a variety of ways. As stated above, the key principles driving UDL include flexibility, simple and intuitive instruction, multiple means of presentation, success oriented curriculum, appropriate level of student effort, and appropriate environment for learning.
Below is a handy visual from TIC that sheds more light on the principle of Universal Design Learning and provides some resources to help teachers integrate UDL in their classroom.

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