Sharing the message about UDL

I always enjoy the opportunity to share information about universal design for learning (UDL) with others -- especially those who've never heard of the term. I'm also equally amazed when those who do not know about UDL are educators. Such was the situation when I spoke to a class of rising junior and senior future teachers at a local college class. As I discussed the framework of UDL and asked for questions and discussions, I heard comments that reflected the importance of "differentiation an...
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What does UDL look like?

This is one of my favorite video clips from the CAST UDL collection that helps others understand what universal design for learning (UDL) looks like. It's not 7 principles around universal design. It's not 9 principles of universal design applied to instruction. It's not universal design wrapped around best practices just for students with disabilities. Rather, it is a framework that emphasizes best practices for helping all learners benefit from the instruction or assessment. When we consider U...
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Touch displays, tablets and the future of e-books

Recently I had another wonderful opportunity to listen to a discussion about the future of the e-textbook. This was especially interesting to me as the audience was a group of faculty and many who had not explored this discussion. The speaker shared some wonderful resources that are emerging portals around securing e-textbooks such as http://www.cafescribe.com and http://www.coursesmart.com. My favorite was the more open resource, http://flatworldknowledge.com that provide e-texts that could be ...
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What the national reports and discussions are saying about what a successful teacher looks like

A host of reflective comments from this national report from Project Tomorrow. Sounds like a natural connection to an educational framework like universal design for learning. A framework that encourages teachers to look for multiple ways to reach and teach the learner!
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The growing reach of technologies that help individualize student learning

I'm excited about the growth of technology. Increasingly we're seeing more tools that are freely available in our "open" range of tools. More tools are embracing strategies that can help all learners as they interact with information. These are times when indeed the technologies that were once just available to students with disabilities are now available to the larger mainstream. Talk about universal designs! For example, a few weeks ago a colleague of mine in our Center for Teaching Excelle...
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