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These two online modules introduce the theory, principles and application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to teacher candidates and in-service teachers. They provide higher education faculty with a multimedia, interactive online-learning environment that can be embedded in instructional methods courses. They are designed to...
These two online modules introduce the theory, principles and application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to teacher candidates and in-service teachers. They provide higher education faculty with a multimedia, interactive online-learning environment that can be embedded in instructional methods courses. They are designed to be flexible enough to be used as part of an online, hybrid or face-to-face course. It is suggested that you create an interactive community of practice using a blog, wiki or other type of interactive web 2.0 media.
What do you get?
Multiple Means of Representation - The content is represented in multiple ways including text, audio clips and video.
Multiple Means of Action and Expression - Online activities, discussion questions and lesson plan assignments allow students to express their understanding in different ways.
Multiple Means of Engagement - Text, audio video, activities, additional resources, information, links to more information and other web sites allow students with multiple ways to engage with the content.
Prompts can be found throughout the modules and provide students with additional opportunities to pause and reflect, to extend their learning, to model UDL and to test their understanding. Embedded prompts are also provided for instructors.
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CAST staff developed these modules to provide future and current educators with an overview of how to apply the UDL framework to lesson development. Development of these modules was made possible by the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.
The introductory video for students provides a detailed walkthough of how to navigate the modules this helps with useability and makes the site ease to follow. As well as the site is designed around the three principles of UDL.
These a great modules for covering the foundation of UDL. All the important content of UDL is covered in an effective way. I am using UDL as a framework for my dissertation, so I am familar with the concepts, but I still learned some things from this site.
The structure of the modules is laid out nicely as well as consistent. The interactions found within the modules help make the site engaging and break up the text to keep students interested. The assignments and disucssion questions are designed to have students reflect and show their knowledge of the subject.
I found the UDL checklist very helpful since I am in the process of designing a UDL lesson for my dissertation study.
This is a great tool to use with preparing teachers to design UDL friendly lessons. In addition, the module states up front how long it should take to complete, so that busy teachers can schedule accordingly.
Thank you for designing this site. I will pass it along to the education professors I work with who teach UDL.
The video for "Details for Students" many of the close-ups are out of focus. In addition, a button/link should be found in module 1 and module 2 to take you back to the beginning page.