UDL Studio and UDL Guidelines

One of the great new online tools for educators has recently been released for public use.  An online program that implements all of the UDL principles and facilitates better learning experiences for all students, this website is a forum that should not be ignored by educators determined to reach all of their students.

http://udlstudio.cast.org/

When at first glance this seems to be another run of the mill lesson plan website.  However, your first assumptions could not be further from the truth.  Here so many elements of this program allow for customization of information and multiple means of engagement that to assume this to be just another lesson is to greatly ignore its importance.

When looking at one of the lessons (“Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe) you can immediately see its difference from other lessons.  Links to short videos building background knowledge of the story, opportunities to immediately retrieve a definition from an unknown word (or the ability to add one if you like), audio recording of the story in front of you, all highlight certain guidelines in UDL.

With videos and audio recordings you are playing upon activating or supplying background knowledge for the students, as well as using multiple media for communication.  With checks for understanding at the bottom of each page you are heightening salience of goals and objectives as well as increasing mastery-oriented feedback.  Quite honestly, with your ability to edit this same lesson you can possibly touch upon each UDL guideline available.

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