Hi fellow blogs and educational professionals,
Today I am going to be discussing UDL, the theories, the benefits, the considerations and the literature.
So what is UDL?
UDL stands for Universal Design for Learning, it is an educational framework which allows all students to engage in learning on their level.
It contains three principals to facilitate learning, these are;
- Provide Multiple Means of Representation (the “what” of learning)
- Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression (the “how” of learning)
- Provide Multiple Means of Engagement (the “why” of learning)
Watching this short video may assist you in gaining further understanding of UDL.
UDL should be included at the very first stages of lesson and unit planning, which, if you were using a Backwards Design would be the moment you start establishing the assessment piece. It should be established at this stage to ensure that ALL students needs are being deeply embedded within the unit and that inclusiveness is not simply a timely after thought. The inclusion of UDL will not only benefit students who do not fall within the ‘norms’ of education, rather it is beneficial to all students.
Mrs Parry has also discussed the requirement for UDL in her blog, this is interesting and informed reading.
Further infomation and links on UDL can be sourced from this site.