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  • Report
    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.

  • Report
    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.

  • Report
    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.

  • Report
    Screenshot of a read aloud toolbar in a digital reading tool. It includes a play button, a stop button, and a rate of speech control.

    CISL at CAST, 2023

    The ability to have text read aloud is an important access point for many learners and a helpful support to others. The feature gives those with challenges seeing or decoding text access to rigorous academic content.

  • Quick Read
    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.

  • Quick Read
    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?

  • 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 ...

  • Headshot of Martha Minow

    As Congress amended the law governing education for students with disabilities in 1997 to require access to the general curriculum, David Rose approached me, aware of my work on education for children with disabilities. He introduced me to Universal Design for Learning and Bobby, the tool to assess website accessibility.

  • Symposium
    CAST's 2nd Annual UDL Symposium, August 8-10

    Monday, August 8 – Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    Engagement is essential for learning, so how do we design learning experiences that engage all learners? Join CAST and educators, administrators, curriculum designers, technology leaders, specialists, advocacy groups, and researchers as we explore the latest research and UDL strategies for motivating learners and helping them become more purposeful in high-level learning.

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