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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#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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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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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.

Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment because they require teachers and students to dig deeper than a multiple choice test. I have been an advocate for using ePortfolios for authentic assessment for quite some time. I''ve come to the conclusion that if we are going to use ePortfolios as a standard assessment tool, the teacher buy-in needs to begin with a tool that is easy to use. 1:1learning authentic assessment ePortfolio free technology udl

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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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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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.

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).

Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

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.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

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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Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms

Neo LMS

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.

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.

Join Our Wednesday Webinars in October

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Each session will take a look at ways to use the design features available in this fee and accessible mainstream suite of tools to support the principles of Universal Design for Learning, UDL. Join me and MyInfinitec.org to explore ways to put UDL to practice in a Google-powered learning environment. Educators can use a Google Doc to collect information, inform and assess, automate tasks, and make the workflow progress smoothly throughout any student driven learning experience.

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How to apply the Universal Design for Learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

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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Present Slides with Captions for Screen Readers with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Educators can use a Google Doc to collect information, inform and assess, automate tasks, and make the workflow progress smoothly throughout any student driven learning experience. She will share how you can use if for collecting and organizing information, assessing students, personalizing learning, collecting assignments, encouraging self-reflection, and so much more! digital classroom digital tools google docs personalized learning udl #Accessibility #GAFE #GoogleApps

How to Create Meaningful and Accurate Formative Assessments with EduProtocols

EdTechTeam

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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An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This new role allows teachers to maximize instructional time because the classroom structure provides opportunities for frequent interaction with individual students for assessment, modification, reteaching and enrichment. -. cool tool digital text edtech education free free technology student tools teacher tools tech technology udl universal design for learning web 2.0

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.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

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.

Multiple Choice

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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5 Digital tools for making the virtual classroom more inclusive

Neo LMS

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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How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable

MindShift

Some educators who want to make online learning more engaging and accessible are exploring the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. The beauty of UDL is that it addresses ‘learner variability’, which is the norm in our classrooms.”.

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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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Strengthening Schools’ Writing Instruction Through the Use of Data

edWeb.net

Focusing further on writing assessment, Degner emphasized the importance of having rubrics for different types of writing, and having the rubrics related to district writing benchmarks. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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PowerUp WHAT WORKS - free resources for struggling students and those with disabilities

Educational Technology Guy

PowerUp WHAT WORKS ( www.powerupwhatworks.org ) provides customizable materials, lesson plans, instructional strategies, videos and more to enhance learning for students with diverse needs, and to personalize learning with technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The sites has tips and resources for teachers, administrators and more, with lesson plans, assessments, videos, playlists, ideas for integrating technology, professional development, and much more.

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

User Generated Education

Educators, though, should assess their visual impact. Education professional development school reform sketchnotes UDL visual literacy visual mediaWhen asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” ” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that as learners progress to the higher grades, there is less use of images and visuals to teach concepts.

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Curriculum Associates Launches Magnetic Reading to Help Students Build Confidence While Mastering Critical Reading Skills

eSchool News

Magnetic Reading works seamlessly with i-Ready® Assessment, which provides data-driven insights about each student’s skill level. Built using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines, Magnetic Reading also notably helps all students engage with high-quality, grade-level texts.

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PowerUp Your Virtual Classroom with FREE Online PD

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Putting UDL to Practice in a Google Powered Learning Environment. Educators who provide students with learning experiences based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning, UDL, can greatly boost the engagement of ALL learners, not just students with significant learning needs.

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How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

Edsurge

But now that so many students are taking courses remotely, in improvised environments that may not be especially conducive to learning, it may take some extra effort to redesign instruction, assignments and assessments to address everyone’s needs.