Diverse Learners in the Digital Age

When two students perform the same academic task, the patterns of activity in their brains are as unique as their fingerprints.
- CAST, 2002

The Center for Applied Special Technology "works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning."1 The underlying premise of their work is that all individuals have different learning styles, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses in their learning. As teachers, when we consider and plan for the range of learning styles and preferences, all students will learn more effectively. They present the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model in the book, Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age. Please read through chapters 1 and 2 to develop a working understanding of UDL in theory and practice. After doing so, please post a written reflection to the following prompt in the appropriate BlackBoard discussion forum:

  • How might we consider operationalizing UDL principles in reasonable ways in concert with using the Activity Types Planning Approach to plan for instruction?

Please feel free to consider the prompt generally or in the context of planning your unit/project for the course. While you're not required to do so, I'd encourage you to read and respond to your classmates' postings.