04 UDL

Universal Design for Learning


Objectives:

The challenge and opportunity of individual differences confront every teacher, administrator, and curriculum designer. To meet that challenge and to capitalize on that opportunity, educators are typically equipped with media and materials that are “one size fits all” and that have been designed primarily for a narrow and illusive group of “regular” students. In this course, we will explore an alternative approach – universal design for learning (UDL) – that creates curricula and learning environments that are designed to achieve success for a much wider range of student abilities and disabilities. To do that, the UDL approach takes advantage of advances in two fields: (1) the cognitive neuroscience of learning and individual differences and (2) the universal design of educational technologies and multimedia. This course will explore recent advances in both of these fields through appropriate readings and through media construction exercises designed to prepare and support participants to optimize the challenge of individual differences through universal design for learning.

 

Contents:

Following topics will be discussed tentatively in this course:

  1. Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
  2. Goals and assessment; designing a sample lesson plan following UDL guidelines
  3. Recognition networks in the brain (1): understanding individual differences in sensation and perception
  4. Recognition networks in the brain (2): Understanding Individual Differences in Receptive Language, Decoding, and Symbols: Formation of project groups
  5. Recognition Networks in the Brain (3): Understanding Individual Differences in Comprehension; Selection of semester projectsfirst draft; 2-3 paged description of ideas
  6. Affective Networks in the Brain (1): Understanding Individual Differences in Motivation
  7. Affective Networks in the Brain (2): Understanding Individual Differences in effort and persistence.
  8. Affective Networks in the Brain (3): Understanding Individual Differences in self-regulation: Second draft on project work
  9. Strategic Networks in the Brain (1): Understanding Individual Differences in Physical Action
  10. Strategic Networks in the Brain (2): Understanding Individual Differences in Expression and Communication.
  11. Strategic Networks in the Brain (3): Understanding Individual Differences in Executive Function: Work in progress on group projects
  12. UDL in English language
  13. UDL in Science
  14. UDL in Mathematics

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