Universal Design for Learning and Innovation Blog
My burning question: How can educators design
their classes to be more inclusive to benefit a
greater number of students?
Based on talks I have had with colleagues, they like the idea of Universal Design for Learning, but are worried that it might create a lot more work for themselves. This makes sense. As educators, we have a lot of work to do between marking, prepping, and attending weekly/monthly meeting on top of active teaching hours. However, designing a course around UDL principals does not have to a lot of extra work if given the appropriate resources. This led me to find three of the best websites for providing educators for universal design in the classroom.
1.CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology):
CAST offers some training courses for educators who are serious about UDL design. Although, I am not impressed with the $1000 price tag considering the courses are not given by an official and accredited university or college. However, there are some interesting case studies and resources for parents and teachers on universal design in the classroom.
2. National Center on Universal Design for Learning
This website is probably the most impressive out of the three I have provided. Resource links and examples are attached to each UDL guideline. Multiple resources or teaching tools are provided to educators to help their students meet all of the UDL guidelines and checkpoints.
3. UDL on Campus:
This website focuses on UDL in higher education. I found the section on what to consider when creating a syllabus to be very helpful. There is even a training video provided to go over how to make your syllabus more accessible to all students.
These three website gave me a few ideas on how to improve my course and syllabus design to better meet the needs of all students. Click on the titles above to go to these websites. If you are reading this and know of any other resources for UDL guidelines, let me know in the comments section!