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Universal Design for Learning: Key Questions

Create your own working definition of Universal Design for Learning. For example, what is UDL and what does it mean to you?

How do principles of Universal Design for Learning support this definition of Active Learning: Active learning takes place when the student is interacting with the material orally, tactically and or cognitively.

Describe at least 3 concrete examples of UDL activities and strategies you could use to support the lesson plan you created for this course.

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Please see the attached file for my support and guidance for your answers.

Please see below for my guidance on the three parts of your question. Note: I will use UDL as a short-form of Universal Design for Learning.
•Create your own working definition of Universal Design for Learning. For example, what is UDL and what does it mean to you?
As described by the National Centre on UDL, UDL is "a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunity to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs."
It goes on to describe UDL as an, "inflexible curricula that raise[s] unintentional barriers to learning. Learners who are "in the margins", such as learners who are gifted and talented or have disabilities, are particularly vulnerable. However, even learners who are identified as "average" may not have their learning needs met due to poor curricular design."
As such, it is evident that UDL recognizes that every child is different. It aims to foster a learning environment in which children receive, in a sense, customized help, if need be. It removes barriers between children of different mental capabilities and provides equal opportunities for students to learn. Moreover, it is flexible in its approach and focuses on educating students based on their distinct needs as opposed to how they are imagined to be at that level.
Here is a sample personal definition of UDL that you can modify for your own definition. I have bolded key words that you can use in your own personal example.
UDL is a flexible curricula development guideline that recognizes the different learning and cognitive abilities of different children, and provides a flexible approach to education - one that inclusive to all students regardless of their academic abilities, and can be customized or modified to suit individual learning needs. To me, UDL is a curricula development strategy that promotes fairness in school environments and allows for everyone, regardless of their ...

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