Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students …
Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students
Universal Design for Learning is a research-based framework for teachers to incorporate flexible materials, techniques, and strategies for instruction and for students to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways.
Creates an environment in which students are active learners
The learning environment encourages students to explore the content based on interested, preferences, or abilities.
Teachers present information in a variety of ways to reach the needs of all students.
Guiding principle for designing lesson plans
Presenting information and course content in multiple formats so that all students can access it
Provide alternatives for accessing information (e.g., visual, auditory)
Provide or activate background knowledge in multiple ways (e.g., pre-teaching concepts, using advanced organizers)
Allowing students alternatives to express or demonstrate their learning
Provide options for responding (e.g., keyboard instead of pen to complete a writing assignment)
Provide options for completing assignments using different media (e.g., text, speech, film, music)
Stimulating students’ interests and motivation for learning in a variety of ways
Provide options that increase the relevance and authenticity of instructional activities (e.g., using money to teach math, culturally significant activities)
Provide options that encourage collaboration and communication (e.g., peer tutoring)
encourages teachers to use materials that are more flexible and that therefore enable them to present concepts in a variety of ways to better meet the needs of a diverse group of learners.
Allow students to show their knowledge in a format that meets their learning preference
Unversal Design for Learning Meets Different Learning Modalities