Removing Barriers with UDL and Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Like many, this teacher felt intense pressure to teach the standards and wasn’t sure how to embrace Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning. All of these adjustments can make the information more accessible.

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UDL and Blended Learning: Removing Barriers with Design

Catlin Tucker

In my new book with Dr. Katie Novak, UDL and Blended Learning , I share a story about working with an architect to design a new home after my family lost our house in the Tubbs Fire in 2017. I like to compare the teacher’s work designing learning experiences to the work of an architect.

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Prepare For Fall: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Blended Learning Self-paced Online Course

Catlin Tucker

Katie Novak and I wrote UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes to support teachers in developing a mindset, skill set, and toolset nimble enough to traverse any teaching and learning landscape with confidence. Module 1: Introduction to UDL.

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Supporting Diverse Learners using Chrome Features and Extensions for Accessibility

EdTechTeacher

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework focused on responding to learner diversity by designing flexible pathways to engage, represent, and express knowledge. You can access the presentation with resource links here.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Universal Design for Learning® (UDL). Universal Design for Learning® (UDL) developed by David Rose and Ann Meyers is a registered trademark of the Center for Assistive Special Technology (CAST). UDL was designed to reduce the barriers to the curriculum and maximize learning.

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Making Podcasting Accessible with Descript

CUE

The post Making Podcasting Accessible with Descript appeared first on CUE, Inc. Inspire accessibility apps DEI podcasting UDL

#6: 5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area.

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A perfect pairing: UDL and PLCs

eSchool News

At the heart of effective PLCs are inquiry and reflection focused on standards-based instruction, engaging discussions on lessons that support students as they access grade-level curriculum, and exploring ways to provide students with means for expression. Related content: 5 ways our centralized LMS supports UDL. One such framework is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL recognizes that a one-size-fits-all curriculum doesn’t meet the needs of all students.

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Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. Kathleen: No, not everyone is doing something different in the classroom, but the learner’s actually having some choice in what they do and how they access information. Kathleen: Yeah, well, I’d just like to introduce you to Universal Design for Learning, and the terms, Access , Engage , and Express , that really represent the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Using the lens of Access, Engage, and Express.

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5 ways a centralized LMS can support UDL

eSchool News

When your LMS supports UDL, students reap the benefits. Unlike pedagogies that attempt to teach to a broader group of students with a broad brush, UDL encompasses a wide swath of learning content—lectures, lessons, videos, audio recordings, group projects, individual projects, etc.—to

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Make your Google Docs more accessible

eSchool News

As educators, there are many things we can do to make our Google Docs more accessible to our students. We should always be thinking about including universal design for learning (UDL) in all that we do. Check out the best practices below to create documents that will be more readable and accessible for everyone, including your students. Related: So you think you understand UDL? 4 ways to make your Google Docs more accessible.

So you think you understand UDL?

eSchool News

I thought I had a pretty good handle on universal design for learning (UDL), but after chatting with Katie Novak , Ed.D., Novak, author of UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, Second Edition and assistant superintendent of schools at the Groton-Dunstable (MA) Regional School District, helped me truly understand what UDL is and, perhaps more important, what it isn’t. Q: What exactly is UDL, and why does it matter?

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The Intersection of UDL and Bloom’s Taxonomy

MiddleWeb

Elizabeth Stein urges teachers to meld the insights of Bloom''s Taxonomy and Universal Design for Learning concepts "to create access to higher level thinking and actions in your classrooms.". Bloom''s and UDL Two Teachers in the Room Bloom''s taxonomy CAST Elizabeth Stein two teachers in the room UDL Students learn by connecting prior knowledge with new information.

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5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area.

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Meeting the Needs of Your Students: UDL

WJU EdTech

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a leading proponent of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Watch the video below to get an overview of UDL” (CAST). UDL offers a framework for creating learning environments that are flexible and help accommodate various learning styles.

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5 ways a centralized LMS can support UDL

eSchool News

Applicable to every student in every classroom, the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles of offering multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement help teachers leverage every child’s strengths while supporting a very personalized learning path based on student choice. When your LMS supports UDL, students reap the benefits. Related content: 5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity. 5 ways our LMS supports UDL.

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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. Additionally, you can use UDL to boost student motivation.

AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity

EdTechTeam

I worked exclusively with students in special education classrooms who needed a way to access the curriculum or a way to communicate effectively in the classroom. Second, as we moved into using the Chromebook as a 1:1 universal tool in our district, students had access to technology resources that were typically reserved only for students with a demonstrated need. Finally, I had the great opportunity to attend the UDL Summer Institute at Harvard University in 2015.

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CAST UDL Book Builder

SpeechTechie

CAST is a Massachusetts-based organization promoting UDL, or Universal Design for Learning. The UDL Book Builder is designed to present books created by educators in a way that is accessible to all, with a screen-reader and skill-building helpers built into the site. auditory comprehension UDL I first saw their Book Builder presented at a conference a few years ago, and must say it has improved greatly in selection and ease of use.

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5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction

Catlin Tucker

Instead, students have a repository of on-demand videos they can access any time from anywhere. You can access those thinking routines in these two blog posts: Support Powerful Thinking Routines Part 1 and Part 2.

New guide offers tips to use UDL for personalized learning

eSchool News

New guide explains benefits of UDL as a framework for creating learning-driven environments and how districts can put theory into practice. The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for K-12 education specifically endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of principles that require teachers and students to shift roles as they collaborate around student-driven learning paths. With itslearning, we saw a platform where we could truly implement the three principles of UDL.

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How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

Edsurge

Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

Combatting the Challenges of Whole Group Lessons with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Differentiating the content, or how students access knowledge, understanding, and skills. You can learn more about universally designing blended learning to give students more agency in my book UDL and Blended Learning or by taking my online, self-paced courses.

Balance Instruction and Feedback with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

A video can also make instruction more accessible. Blended Learning Feedback Learning Online Learning Teacher Engagement Technology in the classroom UDL VideosTeachers have three primary roles – designer, instructor, and facilitator.

Tapping into UDL for online courses

eSchool News

In this week’s news: 10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students. Incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in online courses not only benefits students with disabilities, but can have significant benefits for all students, ultimately increasing retention and improving learning outcomes. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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Is Your Classroom a Psychologically Safe Space?

Catlin Tucker

Inclusion means all students in a learning community have access to resources, opportunities, and a voice in the class dialogue. These shifts make it easier to create more accessible, equitable, and inclusive learning environments.

Improving outcomes with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

IT Bill

Over the past few years colleges have faced an increasing number of complaints from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requiring their web content be made accessible to people with disabilities. Although the OCR complaints typically focus on publicly available web content, the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all online instructional content meet accessibility guidelines. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)

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Teacher Engagement Part I: Understanging Cognitive Engagement in Blended Learning Environments

Catlin Tucker

What accessibility features might make this space more user-friendly? The work teachers do to understand their students’ needs is critical to designing learning experiences that will be inclusive, accessible, and equitable.

10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

According to a new report, incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in online courses not only benefits students with disabilities, but can have significant benefits for all students, ultimately increasing retention and improving learning outcomes. UDL is tough enough in a face-to-face environment, but the real challenge might be how to implement the principles in an online world where students’ abilities and learning styles differ drastically.

Tips, Tricks and Tools to Build Your Inclusive Classroom Through UDL

Edsurge

Many educators know it as the building blocks behind Universal Design for Learning, or UDL. Developed by CAST , UDL is comprised of three guiding principles that seek to increase engagement and accessibility: Providing learners with multiple means of engagement; representation; and action and expression. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing.

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No Two Learners Alike: Supporting Learning Diversity and UDL

District Administration

Create goals and folders that can be accessed from desktops, laptops, or iPads and Android tablets, and track data automatically. VizZle is web-based software for diverse learners. Select from more than 13,000 peer-created lessons from our shared library, personalize them for your students, or create from scratch. Date of broadcast: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:55 am EST. Login or Register to watch!

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Personalizing Field Trips by Putting Students in Charge

Catlin Tucker

As their teacher, I have to support them at each step, nudge them to ask the right questions, encourage them to consider all the planning guidelines, and make sure that all students are accessing the same opportunity. Blended Learning Guest Blog Learning Teaching Resources UDL

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With Innovation and Empathy, Remote Learning Becomes Accessible for All Students

Edsurge

It has disabled our education system, creating challenges to educational access, barriers to student academic progress and strains on teachers’ and students’ physical and emotional well-being.

The Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

They conducted research, investigated topics, and accessed online texts, resources, and tools. Blended Learning Learning Participation Teaching Resources Technology in the classroom UDLI have a soft spot for the station rotation model.

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What Is Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Education Environment?

EdTech Magazine

They make the world accessible to a variety of people and they make everyday life easier for everyone. In education, students should have access to learning that meets their needs and makes their lives easier in the same way.

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Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

Teachers need to acquire their own skills in using technology to provide accessible instructional materials and alternatives that will provide voice and choice for students. As we look to the how of this seemingly daunting task, we should consider the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, which provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments. . UDL Framework from CAST. Blog Rosey McQuillan #UDL

How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Can proactive instructional design eliminate barriers to access for learners? Will artificial intelligence play a role in improving accessibility? On Tuesday, May 8 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? We talked about the differences between accessibility and usability, legal considerations under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the concept of UDL (universal design for learning).

Replacing Exams with Performance Tasks

Catlin Tucker

steps they move through, materials they use, sources they access for information) Why: The Product Make sure students understand the “why,” or the purpose, of the performance task and allow them to decide what they want to create to demonstrate and share their learning.

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Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

4 Trends to Watch in Education

Catlin Tucker

Increased concerns about equity and access. Trend #4: Increased Concerns about Equity and Access. UDL and Blended Learning. While working with Dr. Katie Novak on our book UDL and Blended Learning , we focused on exploring the synergy between these two frameworks.

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