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Universal Design for Learning: What Educators Need to Know

Waterford

The Universal Design for Learning (also known by its abbreviation UDL and occasionally just “universal learning”) is an educational framework designed by CAST, an educational research organization located in Boston. Its goal is to help educators develop a learning environment that reduces student barriers and motivates them to succeed.[1].

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What Is Universal Design for Learning ?

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) draws its inspiration from the broader concept of Universal Design (UD), initially pioneered in architecture. UD aims for inclusive access to architectural spaces for all users. Our focus in this post is on Universal Design for Learning, popularly known by the acronym UDL.

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When Universal Design Promotes Inclusion of All Students

Edsurge

The goal of inclusive education is to ensure that every student, regardless of their background or abilities, has an equal opportunity to learn and succeed. UDL provides a framework for designing and delivering lessons that address the diverse needs of all learners, including those with disabilities and other learning challenges.

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Teacher Tips: Starting the Year with Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

Post separate assignments for each online station, so students can access all of the resources and digital documents they need to complete the assignments. Provide students with meaningful choices in the rotation to remove potential barriers that might make it challenging for all students to access the content.

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When the Variability of All Learners Is Addressed

Edsurge

Since 2020, three things have become clearer than ever: Our students of color, English learners and students with disabilities have faced a disparate impact on their educational experience from COVID-19. W]hen I think about UDL, that's the question I'm looking for: How am I going to engage all learners? percent to 22.5

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Simplified personalized learning with AI

Hapara

With the advent of generative AI tools now accessible to the general public, educators have an incredible opportunity to bring personalized learning with AI to life in every classroom. Personalized learning is an educational model that aims to customize learning for each student’s strengths, needs, preferences and interests.

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Dangerously Irrelevant

Despite my familiarity with all of the ISTE Standards, I have found that I am thinking much more deeply about the ISTE Standards for Educators as I go through this process with my cohort (which I appreciate)… One of our activities asked us to reflect on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines.

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