How Universal Design for Learning has grown to become a big idea
The Harvard Graduate School of Education has an article which is well worth your time about UDL: How a little idea called Universal Design for Learning has grown to become a big idea — elastic enough to fit every kid.
In a nutshell – UDL is about being proactive vs reactive when we design our lessons and curriculum. Here’s just one good pull quote from the article:
Rather than providing different tools on an as-needed basis so that each child at the margin could access the curriculum, why not rethink the curriculum so that all children could access it, even those with different learning styles? With the help of computers, a literacy curriculum, for example, could by design include audiobooks for those with difficulties reading text, dictionaries where ESL learners could look up words along the way, and extra questions for those students ready to go on to the next level.