This video from the Universal Design Centre California State University explains the importance of providing multiple means of representation – documents and information in alternative formats. The video is an example of universal design itself, and is something we should all strive for in our communications and documentation every time.
The Queensland Department of Vocational Education and Training has produced a useful checklist for anyone producing written materials or making presentations. The checklist covers all points that should be considered by everyone regardless of whether it is a casual talk with a small group, a flyer to promote an event, a lecture and learning materials for students, or a major conference presentation.
A novel approach to prepare researchers for practice
This article from the University of Calgary is targeted to the research community, particularly those involved in interdisciplinary research, and uses the principles of universal design for learning as a means of bridging the misunderstandings that can occur in interdisciplinary research. Their conclusions are:
“Our purpose for using a book club approach was to develop our proficiency in the use of UDL, given the diversity of our knowledge and experience with this framework. Throughout the book club experience, we were able to present our perspectives, negotiate ideas, and resolve misconceptions that enabled us to have a greater common understanding of UDL. The book club was a starting point for our collaborative team, which quickly evolved into a community of practice. The initial building of self-efficacy as individuals strengthened the outcomes of the collaborative interactions during the scholarly book club discussions. Continue reading It’s not just a book club:
Entangled With Books: Two Moments In the Evolution of Accessibility and the Notion of Universal Design
This thesis from Canada is written by Shawn Graham who has muscular dystrophy. He tracks some of the history of the written word and compares old technologies with new technology, and discusses how progress allows students with disabilities to undertake post-secondary school education. It is a little wordy but the message is clear that the latest technology, such as Notational Velocity, make study possible and that improvements will continue.
This is a curriculum guide for using the interactive website for UDL.
The purpose of the website is to create an interactive learning environment for elementary educators to support their professional development, as they increase their understanding of both Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles combined with appropriate technology usage. This interactive “teacher’s toolbox” has been designed as a functional and practical website containing examples of excellent existing UDL lessons and interactivities along with embedded and ever-changing spaces for educators to place their own successful lesson plans and interactivities that they develop.
Got to the online Guide