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    Five big Ideas Found to be Integral for the Implementation of Universal Design for Learning in a Classroom

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    As we have read about, UDL provides access to the content and environment through multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement. Explore the CAST website (http://cast.org/udl/index.html) and discuss at least five big ideas that you found to be integral for the implementation of UDL principles in a classroom. Additionally, briefly create three examples of UDL assignments that allow for flexibility to accommodate and engage all learners.

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    Origins of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

    UDL is an educational approach to teaching, learning, and assessment, drawing on new brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual learner differences.

    • CAST is committed to furthering the concepts and applications of UDL. The word "universal" is sometimes misunderstood to suggest that there is a single solution that works for everyone. But the essence of UDL is flexibility and the inclusion of alternatives to adapt to the myriad variations in learner needs, styles, and preferences.
    • UDL principles draw on brain and media research to help educators reach and teach all students by setting appropriate learning goals, choosing and developing effective methods and materials, and developing accurate and fair ways to assess students' progress. With UDL, each student is addressed as an individual with unique needs, interests, and abilities.
    Principles of UDL
    1. To support recognition learning; provide multiple, flexible methods of presentation
    2. To support strategic learning; Provide multiple, flexible methods of expression and apprenticeship
    3. To support affective learning; Provide multiple, flexible options for engagement
    • Given that the three brain networks are involved in learning, that each individual is unique, that learning is multifaceted, and that barriers may ...

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    The five big ideas found to be integral for the implementation is determined.