What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?
UDL is a set of principles that gives all students equal opportunities to learn. To cater to students different learning styles, UDL provides flexibility in its teaching methods and assessment process. The three core principles educators should follow are; multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation and multiple means of expression.
Engagement: Giving students multiples ways to engage with material.
Representation: Presenting information in multiple ways for students of all learning styles.
Expression: Allowing students to express what they have learned in different ways.
Universal Design For Learning methods to further support students:
Clearly laid out course goals for the class and term.
Course objectives clearly laid out.
Clear assignment details and deadlines to help students plan their time.
Providing an outline of the days class at the start of class.
Summarising key points at the end of class.
Accommodations in the classroom:
Accommodations can support all students in the classroom, not just those who require additional support. If planning a course, consider the following;
What is the purpose of the course?
What methods of instruction are absolutely necessary and why?
Are the methods for assessing student outcomes absolutely necessary? Why?
What outcomes are required of all students? Why are they essential?
The acceptable levels of performance on student outcome measures. What are they?