Tag Archives: UDL

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…

UDL Harvard/Canada 2012 reflections – implications for the teaching and learning in NZ

So here is the last of my posts from this UDL adventure to the US and Canada. There are so many stories to tell, but here are some thoughts from my final evening. Huge thanks to all those who have so generously given of their time, their expertise and their vision. I look forward to…