2. Purpose of this presentation
The purpose of this presentation is to
provide an overview and information on the
principals of Universal Design for
Learning (UDL). The information provided
in the overview can be found on the CAST
site along with the other sites listed in this
3. What is UDL?
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a
framework for curriculum design that
fosters access to learning for everyone.
This presentation has been designed for educators
k-12 who are interested in gaining a knowledge of
UDL and enhance their student’s instruction.
Educators who have a strong desire to make the
curriculum and learning accessible for all learners
will benefit from this presentation.
5. Timeline for this
Welcome and agenda (3 min.)
Background of UDL (3 min.)
Graphics for PAL and a UDL lesson Plan (3 min.)
Handouts and Links (5 min.)
Diversity (3 min.)
Brain Research (3 min.)
What can you do with UDL and how it affects
student learning (5 min.)
Technology (5 min.)
Handouts are provided in your
packets and can be located digitally
on the following website.
7. Links For Activities
Great link from a teachers wiki!!!!
8. What does UDL do?
UDL helps identify and remove barriers from
teaching methods and curriculum
materials, enabling each student to engage
with learning and to progress.
UDL addresses each learners unique
needs, background and interests by
methods, materials, and assessments.
9. Where did the concept of universal
design stem from?
Universal design in architecture
recognized the importance of building
environments that were more in line
with the needs of an aging population
and the requirements of those persons
with disabilities who were being
welcomed into the general buildings.
10. Difference between UDL and UD
Universal Design in architecture
aims to make the physical world
accessible to all people.
Universal Design for Learning aims
to make learning accessible to all
11. Environments, and products were
critically examined by the original
advocates of universal design in
architecture resulting in important and
lasting changes in building standards.
12. Examples of universally designed environments and
products are increasingly present in our daily lives:
curb cuts on sidewalks, closed caption text on television
screens, electronic doors for entryways to buildings.
One of the important aspects of UD is that its inclusive
elements benefit all users, not just those with
13. It all has to do with
diversity and diverse
It is vital that we consider diversity and
plan for it. We have to consider a variety
of needs, ages, abilities and disabilities.
Our population today is very diverse. It
is diverse in
culture, abilities, disabilities, language, so
cioeconomics and family makeup.
Many barriers exist that hinder
students from being successful.
Students come to the classroom
with cultural, ethnic, language
and academic differences. UDL
allows the teacher to make
learning accessible for ALL
21. How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read. Identifying letters, words, or an author's style are recognition tasks.
(The “what” of Learning)
Deals with how we gather facts and categorize
what we see, hear, and read. Identifying
letters, words, or an author's style are
It is important to present information and
content in different ways.
22. The recognition network is in the back
area of the head and involves the
ears, eyes, nose and throat. This area
allows us to identify and interpret
sound, light, taste, smell, and touch. It is
important to provide background
knowledge for students, use videos and
allow them to explore the
material, provide alternative means using
23. Strategic Network
(the “how” of learning)
Planning and performing tasks. How we
organize and express our ideas. Writing an
essay or solving a math problem are strategic
Differentiate the ways that students can
express what they know
24. Strategic Network
This part of the brain allows you to move and do skills with
movement. It allows you to make plans and how to activate
those plans. This area plans, monitors and executes. Some
students have difficulty organizing their thoughts. Teachers
can use technology to help with this weakness. Digital
graphical organizers are a great resource. Teachers can also use
scaffolding strategies in their instruction. Teachers can provide
alternative ways for students to communicate and respond.
They can use oral, visual, multimedia and assistive technology
tools. Since students use different strategies for organizing
and activating plans, it is important for teachers to provide
choices in tools.
25. Affective Network
(the “why” of learning)
How learners get engaged and stay
motivated. How they are
challenged, excited, or interested. These are
Stimulate interest and motivation for
26. The affective network is found at the core of
the brain and is responsible for engagement
and motivation. It has to do with emotion and
allows us to evaluate what is important.
Students should be allowed choices in what
tools to use to gather information such as
cameras and computers
27. All of these networks work
together in allowing us to
engage and interact in the
28. Role of Technology & 3 Examples
Research tells us that there is no one “model” of student.
They are all unique and learn in various ways. They all
have various ways of organizing, engaging and
These differences give students strengths and
weaknesses. Technology is a critical tool in working with
these weaknesses and strengths.. Digital media provides
for flexibility in the instruction and expands access to
resources that benefit these learners.
Examples of Technology may include:
Smart Boards, Software programs that read for students
(including various languages) such as Kurzweill, graphic
organizer programs such as Mindview
29. Impact Of UDL On Learning
UDL’s 3 principals parallel with
the 3 brain networks. Students
learning is enriched and
tailored for success. Teachers
use flexible materials and
media. The are able to assess
31. UDL Tools:
This is an evaluation tool. Teachers can gain insight and
evaluate their classroom.
Customizing standard based lessons can be utilized
through this link.
Digital books can be created using this site in order to
adjust the curriculum to the needs of the student.
32. Universal Design does not mean
“one size of learning fits all”. The focus is to
accommodate a wide spectrum of students
The word “universal” refers to a flexible
design that is specifically created to be used
in diverse ways.
33. UDL provides a blue print
for creating instructional
goals, methods, material
s, and assessments that
work for everyone!
34. Assessment of Presentation:
5 4 3 2 1 Evaluation Categories
The presentation was well organized.
The presentation activities were practical and
As a result of this presentation, I will meet the needs of
diverse learners and utilize tools to help me in the
Overall, personnel conducting the session exhibited the
qualities essential to its success. (Consider
creativity, specialized knowledge, communication
The strategies utilized, including instructional
resources, were appropriate for meeting my educational
Provisions were made for me and feedback was provided as
35. Assessment continued:
List one favorite even/aspect of the
List one area of the presentation that could