How UDL can make learning work for all your students

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Ryder, Dara
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National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles and guidelines for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL aims to improve the educational experience of all students by introducing more flexible methods of teaching and assessment to cater for the huge diversity of learners now participating in higher education. This approach is underpinned by research in the field of neuroscience and the learning sciences and is designed to improve the learning experience and outcomes for all students. The basic idea is simple but backed by decades of research – that all of us learn differently, have different life experiences and demands, and differing physical and cognitive strengths, and so a variety of teaching and learning approaches with choice and flexibility built in are required to reach and motivate everyone. This presentation will explore the origins of UDL, provide an introduction to its 3 key principles, encourage participants to examine the diversity within their own classrooms and offer practical take-aways for those seeking to explore further and get started on their own UDL journey.
Universal Design for Learning , UDL , Curriculum development , Diversity , Neuroscience , Flexibility
Ryder, D. (2019) 'How UDL can make learning work for all your students', Learning Connections 2019: Spaces, People, Practice, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 5-6 December, pp. 103-106. doi: 10.33178/LC.2019.21
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