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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction: Addressing the Diverse Needs of All Students

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Description

Educators in today’s schools support students with diverse learning needs. It can be challenging to design learning opportunities that meet the needs of such a wide variety of learners. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework aims to ensure all students have full access to educational resources, regardless of their needs and abilities. In terms of instructional design, Differentiation is a strategy that addresses each student’s learning profile, readiness, and interests.

The course is for teachers who seek to learn more about the approach of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the strategy of Differentiation in order to design an accessible educational framework that addresses the diverse needs of all students (e.g. students with special needs, migrants) and ensures their educational and social inclusion.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

• Build their understanding of learner variability (strengths, preferences and diverse needs) and its implications for teaching and learning
• Explore the core principles of UDL and Differentiation, and practice techniques, and strategies for promoting active participation and motivation in today’s diverse classrooms
• Use guidelines, strategies and techniques for applying UDL principles and Differentiation to improve lesson design, instruction and support high levels of engagement and achievement for all learners

Tentative Schedule

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • Diversity and inclusive education in contemporary classrooms. Group discussion and team work practical activities.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Supporting learners

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Principles and guidelines to support learners’ variability. UDL 
  • Instructional Planning Process. Slides presentation, group discussion and team work practical activities.

Day 3 – Designing lessons

UDL Instructional Planning Process. Designing lessons with UDL lesson planner. Slides presentation, group discussion and hands on activities.

Day 4 – Engaging learners

Differentiating instruction: Guidelines regarding learners’ variability. Differentiating step by step the learning environment, the lesson content and process to engage students (Curriculum modifications, alternative teaching strategies methods and techniques). Slides presentation, group discussion and team work practical activities.

Day 5 – Learning process end result

Differentiating the product of the learning process. Αssessment as a compass in the differentiating instruction). Slides presentation, group discussion and hands on activities. 

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors; Headteachers;
  • Principals; Managers of schools;

Specifics

  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • Price: 480 €

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