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Chapter 4: What is Universal Design for Learning?

In this chapter, you will learn about the theory of Universal Design for Learning and how it can help teachers meet standards yet still address the unique needs of every student.

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The key to helping all students achieve is identifying and removing barriers from our teaching methods and curriculum materials. Drawing from brain research and using new media, the UDL framework proposes that educators strive for three kinds of flexibility:

  • To represent information in multiple formats and media.
  • To provide multiple pathways for studentsí action and expression.
  • To provide multiple ways to engage studentsí interest and motivation.

The three UDL principles, implemented with new media, can help us improve how we set goals, individualize instruction, and assess students progress.

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Background Knowledge Background Knowledge: The Center for Universal Design advocates principles that result in environments and products for all people.
Example Example: Scholastic's Wiggleworks, the first literacy program to incorporate UDL principles, was co-developed by CAST. Find out how young children benefit from this learning tool.
Background Knowledge Background Knowledge: Additional material about Universal Design for Learning.
Resource Resource: Electronic text repositories store and index public domain materials. CAST's eText Spider can help you locate particular works.
Example Example: A Teacher Talks About UDL.
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