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Whats Important to

You about UDL?

ISTC 301/501 - Monday Evenings- Spring

UDL and Education

After you have read/listened/viewed the materials in Blackboard about UDL, the purpose
of this project is for you to summarize what you have learned/know about the principles of
UDL and ways the principles can be integrated into teaching and student learning.
You are to compose/design 1 or 2 (or more, if you want) slides here to this class effort to
document your understanding of UDL. Remember, youre designing slides here, so don
t go too heavy on text. You can add graphics, links to web content, bulleted lists anything that you want to share that helps explain what youve learned. Look at the slides
that your fellow classmates have added - feel free to add information to their slides (they
can edit yours as well) - the object here is to develop this knowledge presentation for
the benefit of everyone in terms of understanding UDL.
This is due by Monday, February 23 and well share it in class. Make sure to put your
name somewhere on the slides you design.

Learning about UDL

By: Kristen Flach

UDL stands for Universal Design for Learning

Research based framework that expresses learner diversity
Helps meets the challenge of diversity with flexible instruction materials,
techniques, and strategies
Different Learning Methods of Students are:
- Reading
- Seeing
- Touching
- Hearing
Goals for UDL are:
- How teachers teach
- How students engage in learning
- How teachers measure how students learn

Goals of UDL By: Melissa Karayinopulos

Goals are essential for learning

there is not one clear path to reach a variety of goals for students
Steps taken to derive clear goals for each students while utilizing the
UDL framework
i. identify the standard's chief purpose
ii. derive a classroom goal that accommodates this focus: "Students will
collect and organize information about one state into a coherent presentation that
must have some text but can also include images."



consider the barriers to recognition, strategy, and affect inherent in

existing materials and tools and selects additional resources to
help students overcome them
alter parameters of each student's assignment, scaffolds available
to each, and the performance criteria based on individual
differences in recognition, strategy, and affect.

What to Know about UDL

By: Kristen Flach

Variety of learners
Build and implement a curriculum with alternatives meeting individual learning
styles to support each students achievement
- UDL helps all students regardless of ability or disability
- Important:
- Adjust curriculum to the needs of your students
- Give multiple ways of learning
- Give multiple ways of showing what they have learned
- Give alternate formats of how to learn new material
- All based on students abilities, learning styles, and preferences
- Empowers both teachers and students to create, respect, and accommodate

What UDL Provides to Students ~By, Samantha Stelz

Classroom media (i.e. images, digital text, sound, + World Wide Web) can be
altered to different students learning needs

One example of this: text-to-sound

Digital media allows the same content to be shown in multiple ways

Students can have lessons altered to their individual learning styles

All students learn differently so all can benefit

Provides students with disabilities an equal opportunity to learn
All students have access and can participate in the general-education curriculum: http://www.

Learning altered to the three brain networks (affective, recognition, and strategic)

The students can have choices about what they want to learn and how they want to

Teachers & UDL ~By, Samantha Stelz

Teachers can use UDL to:

Set clear goals for students
Use flexible methods & materials (i.e. flexible media & tools)

to present material in new ways, scaffold students, and provide choices

Use various instructional methods to cover all students needs:

Accurately + effectively assess students progress

Individualize lessons for students (based on 3 brain networks):

recognition provide multiple examples, provide multimedia & different formats

strategic provide multiple models, provide opportunities for students to practice with
affective offer the students choices and multiple tools, use different levels of challenge,
provide choices in regards to content to learn

The Principles of UDL

by Eva Su
The framework for Universal Design for Learning consists of the following:
-To support recognition learning by providing multiple, flexible methods of presentation
-To support strategic learning by providing multiple, flexible methods of expression and apprenticeship
-To support affective learning by providing multiple, flexible options for engagement
*All of which share one common goal: to provide students with a wider variety of options

Ways to integrate UDL into teaching and learning through:

REPRESENTATION: Highlight important information, offer print and digital graphic organizers
ACTION AND EXPRESSION: Model skills in a variety of ways, provide corrective feedback
STRATEGIC: Offer choices of content and tools, provide adjustable levels of challenges

The Importance of UDL

~By Alexandra May
Universal Design for Learning is used to ensure that all students
have an equal opportunity to get the best education that they
possibly can
UDL focuses on the diversity of students and their learning styles
Teachers implementing UDL need to be aware of all their students
needs, such as different learning styles (whether the students are
more kinesthetic, visual, or auditory)
As well as giving all students the opportunity to succeed within the
classroom, another goal of UDL is to ensure that students are
tested/graded in a way that is beneficial to their learning style/ability

UDL in the classroom -Valerie Harshman

Universal Design is a flexible framework that can be used in all classrooms. The
purpose of UDL is to teach and accommodate all students in the classroom. Each
individual varies from the next, meaning each student will vary in their learning
style preference.
UDL gives the opportunity for all students to learn in the way that works best for
them. In the classroom, the teacher could aid his or her group of diverse learners
Representing information in multiple formats
Providing multiple pathways for students
Offering multiple ways to engage students in learning
Being a visual and an auditory learner myself, I posted a few useful links that
might help others to understand UDL in another form, rather than text only.

All About UDL

By: Jillian Magee

UDL is not "just one more thing;" it is an integral component of improving student
learning, compatible with other approaches to education reform.
UDL is a framework designed for teachers to help students maximize their learning.
Teachers are challenged to help students achieve by the increased emphasis on
standards and accountability.
The Key to helping all students achieve:
To represent information in multiple formats
To provide multiple pathways for students
To provide multiple ways to engage students
In order for UDL to become practical, a change in the following areas in required:
Curriculum design
Teacher training
Consensus building
Parent involvement

Making UDL a reality Corrie Hawkins

Digital curriculum materials and tools need to provided from the top down
for UDL to be practical in the long run for everyone.

Policies need to demand UDL curriculum, it needs to be designed and

created, distributed, teachers need to be educated and be prepared to
implement it, and parents and other organizations need to become
knowledgeable about UDL and embrace it.

Making UDL a reality Corrie

CAST and The National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (NCAC)

The companies are working together and confronting the need for
systematic change.
The companies are in charge of providing leadership in using the UDL
framework to increase access.
NCAC is investing and making recommendations in four major areas, to
make UDL a reality
Policy and legal issues
Curriculum design
Teacher preparation and training
Generating interest from parents and educational organizations

Caroline Pfrang
UDL+ new media = improved goals, flexibility, individualized instruction, student

Focus on:
The "what" of learning
The "how" of learning
The "why" of learning

To implement UDL you need:

Teacher training
Administrative support
Technology infrastructure
Redefined roles for all teachers
Parent and community support
Creative funding

Caroline Pfrang
Learners cannot be put into a simple category to define their learning.
One size does not fit all.

Old media (books, lectures) does not work for everyone

Can't give the same written test to everyone
New media (digital text, sound, images, internet) can be adjusted to be the needs of
all students
Present information in as many ways as you can
Different formats
Different media
Allow action and expression
Use a variety of ways to engage students
Use motivation and student interests

Universal Design for Learning Framework:

Maximizing Flexibility and Minimizing Barriers
Emily Xia

As a teacher: The key to helping all students achieve is identifying and

removing barriers from our teaching methods and curriculum materials.
UDL provides learning opportunities in the general classroom that are
inclusive and effective for all, since all students have different learning
needs and preferences. UDL proposes that teachers strive for three
types of flexibility in the classroom:
To represent information in multiple formats and media
To provide multiple ways for students to respond to or demonstrate
knowledge and skills
To provide multiple ways to engage students interest and

Universal Design for Learning Framework:

Maximizing Flexibility and Minimizing Barriers
Emily Xia
We teach our students in three broad areas:
To recognize essential cues and patterns
To master skillful strategies to demonstrate knowledge
To engage in learning
As teachers, we must create environments in which the students are supported
and challenged in these areas, while minimizing the most barriers. The
principles of the UDL framework strive to minimize these barriers, while
maximizing learning through flexibility.

UDL and Education

Jessica Edelman

Universal Design for Learning: curriculum principles to ensure that all

individuals are provided with equal opportunities to achieve academic
UDL assures that instructional methods, material, and assessments are
accessible to all students
Teachers must take individuality and diversity of students into account
when instructing
Using mixed media and different methods of instruction to reach
different students
UDL: Reducing Barriers

Sample UDL Lesson Plan

By: Clara Schneider (Information adapted from
Before UDL

After UDL

Pre- Assessment

Teacher uses general knowledge about

the class to predict levels of

Students are shown a presentation and asked to explain what they have
gathered, in addition to what they already knew.


Students read a text and discuss key


Students are guided to multiple media forms about the topic, chosen based on
ability and learning strengths. Students each explore different materials.


Students are given guidelines for an

individual project.

Students work in groups and are assigned different roles to develop a digital
presentation of their choosing.


Students do an oral presentation to the


Groups show the digital presentation and engage the class in an activity to
solidify key points.


Students take a multiple choice test.

Students presentations are assessed on a rubric and they are given a written


Students are given a grade on their

project and test.

Students are given oral and/or written feedback. Some students may be given
another activity to readdress concepts. Grades are based on many criteria
including knowledge, skills, group work, effectiveness, etc.

UDL in Lesson Planning

Compiled by Jessica Robertson

There are various teaching methods we can use to incorporate UDL in our
classrooms that supports different facets of learning and learners.

The key to understanding how to build UDL into our lessons is to remain flexible
and recognize the differences in our learners abilities (and needs). As teachers,
we must provide them with multiple methods and examples of new knowledge,
as well as multiple ways in which to express that knowledge.

To support recognition learning (learning to identify patterns), we can:

Provide multiple examples,
Highlight critical features,
Provide multiple media and formats, and
Support background knowledge.

UDL in Lesson Planning Contd.

Compiled by Jessica Robertson

To support strategic learning (learning multiple strategies to attain and

show knowledge), we can:
Provide flexible models of skilled performance,
Provide opportunities to practice with supports, and demonstrate skill.

To support affective learning (motivating students to WANT to learn), we

Offer choices of content and tools,
Provide adjustable levels of challenge,
Offer a choice of rewards,
Offer choices of learning context.

UDL In Lesson Planning. Part 2

By: Robert Mangum

When creating a UDL lesson, providing students the opportunity for multiple
means of representation is essential for students with diverse learning styles
and skills to learn most effectively. This concept can be broken down into the
three sections below.
1. Options for Perception: adjusting how information is presented can make it
easier to comprehend and make it more accessible to different students.
-Change the way written text is presented (chunking vocabulary words into
smaller sections instead of a long list for example)
-Auditory resources can be supplemented (provide written transcripts or
accompanying map, diagrams, etc.)

UDL In Lesson Planning. Part 2 Contd

By: Robert Mangum

2. Options for language, math, and symbols

-Pre-teach important vocabulary and assess prior learning to gain an understanding of student
familiarity with content and what may need support.
-Clarify syntax
-Utilize text to speech functions
-Include some heritage language supplements to EELs, and clarify cultural meaning of certain images.
3. Options for Comprehension (Students have differences in how they process information and in
their prior knowledge they bring to the classroom)
-Use examples relevant to students lives
-Utilize graphic organizers and schedules
-Give explicit prompts
Reference: National Center on Universal Design for Learning

UDL in Education-Alex Wentz

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole
life believing that it is stupid.- Albert Einstein

Goal of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Create a flexible learning environment to match the needs of students, and allow for
students with other forms of learning to succeed

Incorporate different learning methods


UDL in Education-Alex Wentz

How to use UDL in the classroom

Use different ways to present information

Classic texts, such as books
Visual aids such as videos, and graphs
Audio methods such as recording
Maximize ability for students to learn, Minimize their barriers for learning
Use technology in support of standard teaching
Be flexible to meet the needs of all students

Universal Design for Learning

~ Chris Deaver

Universal Design for Learning

By: Samantha Meyer
Goals of UDL: The goal of education in the 21st century is not only the mastery of content knowledge
but also the mastery of the learning process.
-Provide multiple means of representation
-Provide multiple means of action and expression
-Provide multiple means of engagement
-Flexible learning environment
-Meet the needs of all students

All students are provided with equal opportunities to learn and succeed.
UDL focuses on the diversity of students and their learning styles
UDL is a framework designed for teachers to help students maximize their learning.
Different Learning Methods of Students are:
- Reading
- Seeing
- Touching
- Hearing