Nowadays educators in every school support students with diverse learning needs. It can be challenging to craft learning opportunities that meet the needs of such a wide variety of learners. Towards this direction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) aims to ensure all students have full access to the educational environment, regardless of their needs and abilities. In terms of instructional design, Differentiation is a strategy that addresses each student’s individual levels of readiness, interest, and learning profiles.
The course has been tailored 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.
Through experiential learning and sharing of good practices participants will:
• build their understanding of learner variability (strengths, preferences and diverse needs) and it’s implications for teaching and learning
• explore the core principles of UDL and Differentiation, and practice techniques, and strategies on how to promote 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
Course Key Words
Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Differentiation, inclusion, instructional design, diverse learners