Universal Design for Learning: educating for diversity

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can support the deliberate design of more inclusive environments, activities and learning opportunities in schools and workplaces. It helps us “educate for diversity” (Bolstad et al 2012). 1. Why UDL? UDL can help us: identify and minimise barriers to participation and learning hidden in the way we teach and create…

Web Accessibility mentors: thank you

Here are my favourite go-to places to learn about Web Accessibility. Each has it’s own distinct purpose and strengths. No one place provides all the answers, but together they provide the backbone of this strand of my personal learning community. A recent event has prompted me to do a “shout out” for the way each…

10 UDL-inspired tips for teachers prompted by squirrels

Two squirrels inspire 10 UDL tips for teachers. 10 UDL-inspired tips for teachers Create tasks/opportunities that enable everyone to demonstrate their understanding and ability through multiple pathways. Offer a range of options for expression: including  text, images, voice, video, animation, performance or a combination. Ensure that the “means” of showing understanding is not a barrier…

Maximising the effective use of digital tools in the UDL classroom

Implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) without digital tools is possible, but the technologies open the door to learning for so many more students. Take a look at the video below. Consider how that same solution (background music and headphones) might give confidence to other students who dread public speaking or oral exams. UDL in…

Summary statements tell the whole story

The topic or summary sentence sums up your story. When you Google something, it shows in the search results below the title. Together the title and the topic sentence need to hook the reader’s attention. Use Nielsen’s pyramid Nielsen’s inverted pyramid illustrates a well-used structure for online writing. There are 3 stages: Begin with the topic…