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    Screenshot of the UDL Tips for Assessment PDF

    CAST, 2020

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) encourages “assessment by design,” but what does that mean specifically for educators? How can we use the UDL framework to design and reflect on assessments?

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    Screenshot of the UDL TIps for Learning Environments PDF

    CAST, 2016

    Using the UDL framework, we can proactively design learning environments so that everyone can work toward becoming expert learners.

  • Article

    S. Reed & P. Coyne, 2013

    Stacey Reed, a 7th grade science teacher, and Peggy Coyne, a CAST research scientist, describe CAST Science Writer, a free interactive web-based instructional tool to support students’ writing scientific reports. Based on the framework ...

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    Screenshot showing highlighted text from a longer piece of writing in situ as well as pulled out in a sidebar where the reader has taken some notes related to their annotations.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Annotation can include multiple strategies but generally refers to highlighting interesting or important parts of a text and writing notes about the text as a person reads. Annotations typically include a person’s thoughts, reflections, and questions.

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    Screen capture of text with highlighted words and alternate phrasing.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Automated text simplification uses automated processes like natural language processing, machine learning, or artificial intelligence (AI) to change how texts are worded to make them easier to understand.

  • Report
    Examples of different text and background contrast settings.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    The option to choose screen colors and color contrast is an important access feature allowing users to select settings that best meet their preferences. Black text on a white background and yellow or white text on a black background are examples.

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    Screenshot of an embedded comprehension check in a digital reading environment.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Embedded comprehension checks can be formative assessments that help teachers and students discern student understanding, provide feedback, and make informed decisions about when to move ahead to new content or revisit challenges.

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    Arrow pointing to font choice section of Clusive tools.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Though research has shown that most fonts designed specifically for dyslexia do not lead to increased reading speed and accuracy, readers may want to choose a font they prefer that is most comfortable for them.

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    A screenshot of an article within the CISL reader environment is in the background of this image. An arrow extends from the underlined word “nutrients” in the article to a pop-up box in the foreground of the image. The box has the title “Nutrients,” a definition of the word nutrients, and a captioned image of a group of various food ingredients, including carrots, strawberries, and walnuts.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Glossary and dictionary features provide ways for readers to gain an understanding of unfamiliar words immediately. Readers can access definitions of words directly within the text, eliminating the need for separate support texts.

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    Screenshot of text being highlighted on a screen with a tooltip popup overlaid.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    Research spanning multiple decades supports highlighting text as an effective way to improve memory and reading comprehension. New research suggests that students often have highlighting preferences that further aid their comprehension.

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