Traditional lessons are tyically ‘one-size-fits -all.’ These lessons can neglect the needs of a diverse student population. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to learning that uses instructional strategies while taking advantage of modern technologies (through learning materials) to support diverse learning needs.
UDL is a framework that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. it embraces technology as a way to eliminate barriers to learning so that everyone is included in learning.
UDL’s framework fits into Vygotsky’s three learning prerequisites (e.g. recognition of information to be learned, utilization of strategies that process that information, and engagement with the learning task). The framework has three guiding principles:
- Provide multiple means of representing or presenting information
- Provide flexible methods for students to express understanding
- Provide flexible ways for students to engage in the learning process.
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