Apr 11, 2013

What is Universal Design for Learning? Need ideas for content?

On April 4, 2013, the NC Community College System office sponsored a workshop about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). What is Universal Design for Learning? 
 "UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs." - From: CAST (http://www.cast.org/udl/index.html)
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Instead of focusing on instructors adding accessibility to their courses, UDL provides ideas you can use to provide content that will meet the needs of a variety of your students, who have different learning styles, abilities and skills. 

What are examples of UDL you can implement today? Provide your students with options for:
  • Language: Include definitions of terms in your course resources area. This provides resources for students who may have difficulty reading.
  • Physical Action: Assign a written report, but also allow students to create a video report. Students with different skills can pick the best way for them to successfully complete the assignment. 
  • Recruiting Interest: Provide current news articles to show your students how your course content is relevant to their life. Most of us want to know "why" we should care about a topic.
How can you get started? Try out our Course Design Tips for Instructors

Want more resources?  Here are the NC Community College System office workshop files for:

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