Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Overview

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all learners based on cognitive neuroscience. Effective use of the UDL framework activates the three networks of the brain needed for learning to take place. These networks  are the Recognition Networks, the Strategic Networks, and the Affective Networks, inform the three Principles of UDL: Multiple Means of Engagement, Multiple Means of Represenation, and Multiple Means of Action and Expression. 
 

Affective Networks: The WHY of Learning

To activate the Affective Network, use Mulitple Means of Engagement.  
 
The Principal of Engagement includes three main areas: 
             1. Recruiting Interest
             2. Sustaining effort & persistence 
             3. Self Regulation 
 Each of these should be included in mulitple ways
 
The UDL Guidelines include checkpoints in each area that offer more details for achieving this principal and ultimately creating Expert Learners who are purposeful and motivated

Recognition Networks: The WHAT of Learning

To activate the Recognition Network, use Mulitple Means of Representation.  
 
The Principal of Represenation includes three main areas: 
             1. Perception
             2. Language, Expressions, and Symbols
             3. Comprehension 
 Each of these should be included in mulitple ways
 
The UDL Guidelines include checkpoints in each area that offer more details for achieving this principal and ultimately creating Expert Learners who are resourceful and knowledgeable

Strategic Networks: The HOW of Learning

To activate the Strategic Network, use Mulitple Means of Action and Expression.  
 
The Principal of Action and Expression includes three main areas: 
             1. Physical Action 
             2. Expression and Communication  
             3. Executive Functioning  
 Each of these should be included in mulitple ways
 
The UDL Guidelines include checkpoints in each area that offer more details for achieving this principal and ultimately creating Expert Learners who are Strategic and Goal Directed

Resources

What is UDL and Why is it important? 
 
The Guidelines: Theory and Practice: 
 
The Guidelines 2.0
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