Providing options

A central tenet of the universal design for learning (UDL) framework considers the importance of providing learners with options. This is underscored across a number of the UDL guidelines that focus these around options for recruiting interest, options for sustaining effort and persistence, options for perception and comprehension. I like the way this image conveys options from the message. Clearly Dunkin Donuts has their customer's experience in mind when they offer a cup of coffee. Many op...
More

Finding another kindred UDL spirit 10 hours from home

Yesterday was a day of exploration in the Wakefield/Melrose, MA area in a place I plan to live soon. A wonderful opportunity to embark on a UDL Fellows opportunity with the UDL brain trust at CAST and Boston College. I am honored and excited. As I browsed the streets of these small towns yesterday I stopped in a few shops of interest to look and ask questions. One of these was a local yoga shop. As we chatted and exchanged questions we also discussed these plans for my move and direction. ...
More

Smart searching with a smart web resource

The LearningPort is a wonderful resource of professional development sources around the country. I especially like the way that "smart highlighting" is in play when I search specific keywords such as "universal design for learning" for the National UDL Center among their listings and look what appears! This type of targeted highlighting is wonderful for offering visual cues to a reader.
More

History in the making

It is a wonderful thing to watch important events like these happening in our world. History in the making for individuals who are trying to access the same information as us all...just in differing ways. Thumbs up! http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2010/10/08/president-obama-signs-21st-century-communications-video-accessibil
More

The enjoyment of introducing students to the importance of UDL

Today marks the conclusion of another successful week of teaching graduate students about the framework of universal design for learning (UDL). This is our eighth year of offering this course at GW University in Washington, DC and I'm always encouraged when students leave the week long institute stating that they've learned so much. This speaks to me as an instructor that we've accomplished what we hoped --- to impart the information they needed to learn, to clarify clear goals that they underst...
More

A successful conference on universal design for learning

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Better Learning by Design Conference in Burlington, VT. This was a wonderful opportunity for like-minded advocates of universal design for learning to gather and discuss best practices. The focus of this conversation centered around UDL in postsecondary settings -- an important place for the framework of UDL. Both Dr. David Rose and Skip Stahl opened with insightful messages as our keynoters and their materials are also listed. Wort...
More

The iPad: A great little mobile device

I've been recruited! Having just sat through an hour long APPLE demonstration on the iPad, I can now say that I am converted. I want to get my hands on one of these very slick mobile devices. Not only is this electronic device the size of a small book, the thickness of a 1/2 inch pad of paper and weighing just 1.5 lbs but, this tool has an amazing array of features and apps. For instance, the iPad has the same adjustable view that alternates on a turn between portrait or landscape. Using the...
More

Multiple ways to represent information..

Yesterday while attending the Virginia Transition Forum, I had the wonderful opportunity of hearing a parent describe an example of universal design for learning (UDL) in action. They shared how when they were first introduced to the great software program Inspiration (a graphic web/ outlining tool) they thought of their son and how this tool would be so beneficial for him. As they noted, their son was one drawn to sharing his projects through more visual means. Writing was often a struggle and ...
More

The new Horizon Report 2010 has some interesting projected trends…

At the EDUCAUSE ELI 2010 conference in Austin, TX this week, the folks at New Media Consortium shared some interesting trends from their recently released 2010 Horizon Report.  As noted in their projected trends, notice some of the following across anticipated years until adoption: One year of less: Mobile computing and Open Content. For many of us this is no surprise. Mobiles are everywhere and these authors confirm that these include cellphones, netbooks, smartbooks and other devices that o...
More