March 12, 2013
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CAST today announced the release of UDL Studio, a free web-based tool that enables anyone to author and publish educational materials that use the universal design for learning framework to flexibly respond to the needs of all learners.
Funded in large part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, UDL Studio leverages two decades of research in universal design for learning (UDL) and flexible technologies to allow educators and others to render their content in creative and supportive ways.
UDL Studio users can choose one of three levels of support to make their own content using text, video, audio, images, and animation. They can assemble using templates (maximum support), models (moderate support), or “from scratch” (less support).
Users can save projects in a private folder, share them with particular individuals or groups (such as colleagues or friends), or publish them to a public library of UDL Studio projects.
In the public library, users can also browse, read, and interact with projects created by UDL Studio users and exchange ideas and best practices.
“With UDL Studio, making universally designed, media-rich resources becomes an engaging, active learning experience for authors,” says Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, CAST’s Director of Research. “CAST is grateful to Carnegie Corporation of New York for making this work possible and for its continuing commitment to advancing literacy with digital media.”
Texthelp Systems of Woburn, MA, provides use of the SpeechStream toolbar in UDL Studio, which expands access for all individuals via text-to-speech, language translation, and other features.
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand educational opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. To learn more, go to www.cast.org.