Learner Variation & Universal Design for Learning Supporting students’ learning in effective ways
People learn in different ways • Some are good readers • Some learn by listening • Some speak English • Some may not hear well • Some are poor readers • Some learn by doing • Some speak other languages • Some may not see well Everyone has ways in which they learn best!!
How can we support learning in a different ways? From single paths… • Read, Listen, Write, Speak, Manipulate Calculations,Remember Concepts and Procedures To multiple paths… • Take in information, Express information,Demonstrate understanding of processes,Demonstrate understanding of concepts & ideas,Show what they know in formats that are personally accessible • Using… • Auditory, Visual, Tactile, Kinesthetic, Multisensory,Demonstration, Manipulatives, Creative Routes, Outcome-Based
What’s it all about? Universal Design for Learning Variation UDL SUPPORTS VARIATION by applying MULTIPLE MEANS in DESIGN AND DELIVERY of INSTRUCTION
The UDL Wheel for Guideline Exploration http://udlwheel.mdonlinegrants.org/ Developed through Towson University Elizabeth BerquistEBerquist@towson.edu (currently piloting a hand-held APP version)
Technology & UDL • Technology provides tools that support functions to accomplish goals • UDL impacts goals, materials, instruction & assessment Technology is one of the tools in the UDL Toolbox to support the attainment of goals. A very POWERFUL tool! CAST, 2003
TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS ACCESS. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMS. • Allows manipulation and controlof format • Offers alternatives for access • Supportsmulti-sensoryinstruction • Supports greater personalindependence • Use general technology & assistive technology together – a continuum of access
Simple ideas for UDL • To vary means of REPRESENTATION • Use color to highlight key terms or ideas • Use pictures to reduce language barriers • To vary means of EXPRESSION • Encourage verbal restatement by students • Encourage demonstration to peers and to you • To vary means of ENGAGEMENT • Help students relate content to their own lives • Have students share & support each other by working in pairs