Universal Design for Learning

The learning path for EDC3100 this week has led me, along with fellow student Michelle Poulter, to research the Universal Design for Learning framework (UDL). Initially I searched Google for some overarching information on the framework, I then decided to explore Education Queensland’s Learning Place web site as a reliable source of information (I have membership as I am employed by EQ as a Special Education Teacher Aide).

The UDL framework surrounds three principles which provide guidance for teachers aiming to create and implement flexible learning environments and materials that accommodate difference and diversity.

The three principles are as follows:

Multiple means of representation: Providing learners with various ways to acquire knowledge and information

Multiple means of expression: Providing learners with alternatives to demonstrate what they know, and what and how they think

Multiple means of engagement: Providing learners with appropriate means of engaging and interacting with the learning environment

The following link will take you to a Queensland Government presentation by Jeff Souter who speaks about and provides examples that demonstrate how student learning can be  maximised when ICT’s are integrated into the Universal Design for Learning framework.

References:

Universal Design for Learning [Image]. (n.d.). Retrieved 01 May, 2013 from http://www.udlcenter.org/

Souter, J. (2009). Universal Design for Learning: Using ICT to maximise learning for all students. Queensland Government. Retrieved from http://mediasite.eq.edu.au/mediasite/Play/44da3e51-b699-4aaf-8c52-dbda7ab544a3

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