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Universal design for learning

Universal Design for Learning:

A Framework for Teaching All Learners

November 14-15

Wakefield, MA

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  • Sign in

  • Permissions

  • Name tent: name, job, ‘fun’ fact about you

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Udl connect http community udlcenter org for online resources discussions

UDL Connect:http://community.udlcenter.org/For Online Resources & discussions

Our group: UDL institute at CAST 2013

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1 sign up for the site 2 join our group

1. Sign up for the site2. Join our group:

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Udl2day social media

#UDL2day social media


UDL Center

AIM Center

Use Twitter? Use #UDL2day in your tweets during the workshop!

#UDLchat: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 9-9:30pm ET

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Who are we

Who are we?

Kasia Derbiszewska

(Kah-shah Der-buh-sheh-ska)


Allison Posey


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How many years in education

How many years in education?

  • Less than 2 years

  • Between 3 and 10 years

  • Over 10 years

  • Over 20 years!

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Who traveled the farthest to get here today

Who traveled the farthest to get here today?

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Rooted for the red sox

Rooted for the Red Sox?

  • Every minute of every game!

  • Every game was on in the background.

  • I checked in here and there.

  • Red Sox, I’m a XX fan!

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Where are you in your understanding about udl

Where are you in your understanding about UDL?

1 = Just beginning, what does ‘UDL’

even stand for?

2 = I know a little about UDL

3 = Ask me anything about UDL:

I could lead this session!

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Getting to know you

Getting to Know You

Find a ‘QUADRANT PARTNER’ for discussions during the institute





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Institute goals

Institute Goals

Day 1: Build background

  • To learn how UDL addresses challenges of learner variability

    Day 2: Application

  • To strategize how to apply UDL to practice

  • To build tools & resources

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  • UDL Background

  • UDL Guidelines

  • UDL Lesson Design

  • UDL ‘Toolkit’ and Resources

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Seen another way

Seen another way:

Build Background


Lesson Planning



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This workshop build awareness

This workshop: build awareness

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What are your goals

What are your goals?

  • For this workshop?

  • For your professional learning?

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Preconceptions about udl

Preconceptions about UDL?

  • UDL is just good teaching.

  • UDL is differentiated instruction.

  • Others?

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The marshmallow challenge goal to build collaboration around design

The Marshmallow Challenge Goal: to build collaboration around design

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Universal design for learning

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  • 18 minutes, team of 4

  • Build the tallest freestanding structure

    • Cannot be suspended

    • Entire marshmallow on top

  • Use as much/little of the contents in bag (not the bag); can break, cut…

    Have fun, collaborate & be creative

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What worked variability

What worked?Variability!

  • Strategy

  • Engagement

  • Representation

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Watch the ted talk optional

Watch the TED talk (optional)

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Why begin with this exercise

Why begin with this exercise?

  • Design:

    • collaborative

    • iterative process

  • Feedback about what works, prototypes

    • Uh-oh  ta-da!

  • Goal driven

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Current n euroscience about learning

Current neuroscience about learning:

- Variability

  • Context Matters

    Learning occurs at the

    dynamic interaction between

    learner & environment

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Sean: Musician Kasia: Non-musician

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  • -fMRI from MIT

Context matters

Context matters

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Udl variability context matter

UDL: Variability & Context Matter

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Elbow buddy discussion

Elbow buddy discussion

  • Share a key take-away: what resonated?

  • How do concepts of variability & context relate to the Rubik’s cube and running shoes?

  • How would you design a universal Rubik’s cube?

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Universal design for learning

Universal Cube

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Building background

Building Background

Started ‘in the margins’

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Inspired by u niversal d esign

Inspired by Universal Design

… “all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should be usable by everyone regardless of their age, ability, or circumstance.”

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What is the goal what are barriers in the design for individuals to reach the goal

What is the goal?What are barriers in the design for individuals to reach the goal?

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You can design to access proactive planning helps

You can design to access, proactive planning helps

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How can you design from beginning to reduce barriers so all can reach the goal

How can you design from beginning to reduce barriers so all can reach the goal?

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Goal barriers design for all

Goal. Barriers. Design. For all.

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Choose one discuss what is the goal what barriers does it reduce how do all benefit from the design

Choose one & discuss:What is the goal? What barriers does it reduce? How do all benefit from the design?

  • Ramps

  • Curb Cuts

  • Electric Doors

  • Captions on Television

  • Easy Grip Tools

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Ud assumptions

UD Assumptions

Not one size fits all – but

alternatives for everyone.

2. Not added on later – but

designed from the beginning.

3. Not access for some – but

access for everyone.

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Universal design for learning


  • A mindset for designing learning experiences

  • all individuals can gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning

  • reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all

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Universal design for learning


  • Accounts for variability and context

  • Thinks of changing the curriculum, not

  • the student

  • Clear goal, flexible means

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Curriculum cognitive accessibility goal barriers design make available for all

Curriculum:‘cognitive’ accessibilityGoal? Barriers? Design?Make available for all

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Questions reflections

Questions, Reflections?

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Udl guidelines help design to address variability context

UDL Guidelines: help design toaddress variability & context

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3 principles

3 Principles

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Team challenge

Team Challenge:

Re-Design the Marshmallow Activity:

  • Clarify the goal

  • Support variability & context:

    • UDL Guideline template: Representation, Action & Expression, Engagement

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Share ideas

Share ideas

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Questions comments

Questions? Comments?

Coming this afternoon!

Dive deeper into UDL Guidelines!

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Lunch 11 45 12 45



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