Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL)


When two students perform the same academic task, the patterns of activity in their brains are as unique as their fingerprints.

The three UDL principles share one common recommendation: to provide students with a wider variety of options.

- CAST, 2002





UDL Warm-Up

  • In content area groups, identify UDL strategies/tools/resources in connection with each of the three UDL principles
  • Lingering questions from the reading
  • Key ideas
    • How is UDL different than differentiation? Assistive technology?
    • Learning differences vs. significant learning/physical disabilities
    • Why is this in the technology course?


UDL in the Classroom

  • What are the potential benefits?
  • What are the major potential challenges to implementing UDL in the classroom?

Guided Exploration

  • Explore the UDL MightybellSpace
  • Revisit group document and flesh out

Looking Ahead

  • Application of UDL in lesson planning (9/19)
  • Multiple ways of representing content (9/26)
  • Content tool collection (10/3)
  • Multiple means of expression (10/10)
  • Technology-integrated lesson plan (12/5)

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