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. The variability among learners demands flexibility in our design and assessment of learning.

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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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Side-by-Side Assessments: Grading With Students

Catlin Tucker

Suppose the work is an assessment or finished product, like an essay, performance task, or project. Despite the initial hesitation, the teachers I’ve coached quickly realize there is a more effective and sustainable way to grade: side-by-side assessments.

Standard-aligned Rubrics: Assessing Progress Toward Firm Goals While Allowing for Flexible Means

Catlin Tucker

In our book UDL and Blended Learning , Dr. Katie Novak and I encourage teachers to work toward firm, often standards-aligned, goals. When we build student agency into a task or an assessment, students may produce various artifacts to demonstrate their learning.

#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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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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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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Shifting from Time-consuming Teacher-led Workflows to Sustainable Student-led Workflows

Catlin Tucker

I teamed up with Dr. Katie Novak to write a follow-up to our book UDL and Blended Learning. In our second book, UDL and Blended Learning 2: Shifting to Sustainable Student-led Workflows (coming out in spring 2022), we tackle 10 unsustainable teacher-led workflows.

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AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity


Finally, I had the great opportunity to attend the UDL Summer Institute at Harvard University in 2015. I had the opportunity to hear directly from my mentors Dr. David Rose and Dr. Thomas Hehir ; champions of UDL and inclusive education. But what is UDL and what role does it play in creating access for all students? Again, some students do just fine with one type of assessment, but what about the learner who is visually impaired, or has severe motor disabilities?

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5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction

Catlin Tucker

Screencastify allows you to insert multiple-choice questions to check for understanding and collective formative assessment. Blended Learning Learning Online Learning Teaching Resources Technology in the classroom UDL Videos

Playlists vs. Choice Boards: What is the difference?

Catlin Tucker

Teachers will want to use pre-assessments, diagnostics, and/or assess prior knowledge to identify where each student is in relation to the content at the heart of the playlist. What assessment strategy will you use?

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Choice Boards: Benefits, Design Tips & Differentiation

Catlin Tucker

Teachers are freed from orchestrating a lesson and able to conference with learners about their progress, provide feedback on work in progress, or conduct side-by-side assessments. Then encourage students to select an item from each column to help them prepare for the assessment.

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Teacher Engagement Part III: Social Engagement with Students

Catlin Tucker

2 Side-by-side Assessments Using Choice Boards or Playlists. Instead of taking assessments home to grade, I encourage teachers to conduct side-by-side assessments. Side-by-side Assessments.

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Student-Created Review: Engage Your Learners and Save Time!

Catlin Tucker

While coaching teachers this month, several expressed a desire to include review and practice activities in their station rotation lessons to help students prepare for end-of-the-semester assessments.

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Embrace Flexibility with Universally Designed Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

This works particularly well for a series of stations designed to help students review key vocabulary, concepts, or skills before an assessment. That way, the teacher can ensure that students are hitting a station that addresses their specific needs based on formative assessment data.

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

Catlin Tucker

Then they can provide students with time in class to work on their own, with a partner, or as part of a group to engage in this self-assessment. Blended Learning Doctoral Work Grades Learning Teaching Resources UDLWhat do teachers find mentally stimulating about their work?

Is Your Classroom a Psychologically Safe Space?

Catlin Tucker

Instead of collecting homework or practice activities and grading that work for accuracy, teachers can encourage pairs or small groups of students to spend time assessing their work using an answer key or exemplar and rubric.

Blended Learning: Design a Mini-playlist that Allows Students to Control the Pace of Their Learning

Catlin Tucker

This time allows me to provide one-on-one instruction and support, conference with learners about their progress, provide feedback on their work, or conduct side-by-side assessments. Blended Learning Guest Blog Learning Online Learning Teaching Resources Technology in the classroom UDL Video

Editor’s Picks 2015, No. nine: Why you should stop testing and start assessing

eSchool News

This April piece , on the difference between testing vs. assessing , was published as part of Innovation In Action, a monthly column from the International Society of Technology in Education focused on exemplary practices in education. Don’t get me wrong, I still assess learning. I just do it in a way in which students often don’t realize that they are being assessed. Next: How to change assessment practices.

Improving outcomes with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

IT Bill

A recent article in the EDUCAUSE Review describes how University of Memphis integrated Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into their online course development process. Integrating UDL principles into both online faculty training and the course development process helps to equip online faculty with a proactive rather than reactive approach to supporting student accessibility and 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).

Replacing Exams with Performance Tasks

Catlin Tucker

End-of-the-year assessments can be anxiety-producing events for students. These final assessments attempt to cover massive amounts of information and do not allow students the opportunity to communicate what they know in a way that works for them.

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10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

2 – Designing Online Assessments As you assess learning online, you’ll want to use the research-based best practices for online assessments. Feedback using your formative and summative assessment tools is also essential.

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Differentiating Instruction with Technology


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. UDL can help meet the needs of the widest range of student variability. Blog Rosey McQuillan #UDLAs educators, we innately know that our students bring different learner profiles to our classrooms.

Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms


This, after all, is the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that aids curriculum designers and educators in ensuring that all learners receive the accommodations that are needed to help them excel in school.

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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.

Growing from the Contributions of the Learners in Our Classrooms

The Principal of Change

Currently, I am teaching a course with UPenn titled “Building a Strong Foundation for Universal Design for Learning and Innovation,” which is part of a UDL certificate program taught with my friend and colleague, Dr. Katie Novak. (

10 Ways to Use Defined Learning for Project-Based Learning Excellence

Cool Cat Teacher

These projects are created around Understanding by Design (UbD) principles to emphasize STEM education and have tools to help students customize, evaluate, assess and create portfolios. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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How to apply the Universal Design for Learning in the classroom


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is thought to be the solution to the above problem. This is the basic idea of Universal Design for Learning, advanced by the people of CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology), a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through UDL. UDL provides multiple means of representation. UDL provides multiple means of action and expression.

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Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s some of what I wrote: ENGAGEMENT UDL Guideline(s): Recruiting Interest, Sustaining Effort & Persistence, Self Regulation Tool(s): Blogging platforms such as WordPress or Squarespace. One such tool for me when it comes to the UDL principle of Engagement is a blog.

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Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

Katie Novak , an internationally recognized expert in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and all-around awesome person, discusses this personalization of learning for students and why it is so significant : Imagine this scene in a 3rd-grade classroom: Students are sitting quietly on the floor as a teacher reads Charlotte’s Web aloud.

How to Create Meaningful and Accurate Formative Assessments with EduProtocols


You design an assessment to measure this standard. The flexibility of this EduProtocols is key to keeping things fresh in your classroom and formative assessment: In Language Arts: vocabulary, figurative language, character traits, theme, literary devices. Can you relate to this?

Tight on Goals, Flexible on Means: Universal Design for Learning Empowers Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

UDL and Opportunity Youth. 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” ( CAST ). UDL’s guiding principles are: All people learn differently; The emotion behind learning is as important as the learning; and. UDL’s principles are powerful supports for Opportunity Youth who have opted out of schools and learning environments that failed to meet their needs.

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A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit


More from Edmentum If you're looking for more personalized learning programs, check out Edmentum's full suite of K-12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum and see why almost a million educators in the U.S. In this webinar we walk through a self-assessment that will allow you to determine which blended learning models can work with specific schedules, resources, goals, spaces, and technology setups.

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Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! , In UDL Now!,

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Model Teaching–How Today’s Educators Learn

Ask a Tech Teacher

assess success at completion. You can watch the video, rewatch, submit assignments and assessments when you’re ready.

Blended Learning: Designing with Balance in Mind

Catlin Tucker

That means they need to be able to flex their metacognitive muscles by setting goals, tracking and monitoring their progress, reflecting on their learning, and assessing their own work.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

SEL Courses Assessment Strategies for SEL In this course, you’ll get up to speed on current practices in SEL, including the history and legislation that has propelled it to the forefront of our educational focus. Online Assessment.

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Two UVM online courses this Fall featuring pedagogy and technology

Learning With Lucie

Register by August 5 at [link] educational-technology-online- sequence/ EDCI 322 UDL and Differentiated Instruction with Technology (online) Explore how technologies can support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students. With an emphasis on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiating instruction to ensure appropriate educational opportunities for all learners, this course investigates the use of adaptive and assistive technologies.

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5 Digital tools for making the virtual classroom more inclusive


For this to occur, online education has to follow the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) standards, addressing learning barriers while providing multiple modes of engagement. Education used to be associated with classrooms and chairs, desks, and blackboards.

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