Designing for ALL
Universal Design for Learning is a framework to enhance learning and teaching for all. It is based on scientific research findings into how we universally learn. These principles underscore the large variability of differences among learners so we can reach out to everyone.
The idea is to be intentional in three areas in particular:
- The WHY of learning, characterised by the learners engagement
- The WHAT of learning, characterised by the way we represent the content (multiple modalities)
- The HOW of learning, characterised by the ways we make decisions about how we will express ourselves
The WHAT of learning has to do with recognition, the HOW has to do with skills and strategies and the WHY has to do with caring and prioritising.
As we implement UDL in our classroom, we design for flexibility! Instead of designing for specific learners with disabilities, we design for EVERYONE with or without disability.
This way, we empower ALL students to be the agent of their learning by taking ownership and choosing their goals, pathways and pace. They make informed choices and express themselves in the ways that best fit their needs, wants, interests and aspirations.
How might it look like in practice?
Here are some simple descriptors of what UDL can be implemented: