Sunday, February 16, 2014


As this module comes to an end, it is valuable to look back and reflect on things that have been discussed and learned.  Throughout module one, we have discussed many items pertaining to the Universal Design of Learning, as well as websites and learning tools that assist with the process of understanding UDL and its guidelines.  For me, many of these websites were helpful because they used additional resources such as pictures and videos to demonstrate the basic concepts of UDL.  For example:

1.) provides readers with basic knowledge, activities, and case stories to define what UDL is and how it benefits students, as well as teachers.  Once basic knowledge of UDL is understood, this website provides readers with information on how to diagnose and plan curriculum under UDL guidelines.  I found this website helpful because it shows how to add technology into a lesson plan without over using technology completely, as well as ways in which students can become more engaged and collaborate.

2.) The video, "UDL at a Glance," posted under January 24th, is very helpful in understanding what UDL is.  It provides viewers with basic knowledge of UDL while using graphs, pictures, and scenarios. This video also proves that not all students learn the same way; learners vary between visual, auditory, or a variety means of learning.  As a visual learner, this video helped me gain information on UDL and its guidelines.

3.) "Technology Toolkit for UDL" is a free informational website that provides educators with teaching strategies, helpful websites and resources, and a technology toolkit.  I found this website very beneficial and can be used while teaching any grade level.  From the graphic organizers, to the literacy and writing tools, teachers can use this website to build lesson plans and engage students with all learning styles.

4.), provides educators with information on how to implement UDL in their classroom.  This website provides teacher toolkits, UDL examples and resources, online modules that include video learning, and professional learning services.  All of these links are helpful when it comes to building teacher knowledge and provides teachers with step-by step instructions on implementation.  I find this website useful for those teachers just beginning the journey of UDL implementation, as well as for those educators who would like to learn about additional resources that can help build their knowledge.

5.) The website,, was very helpful in providing the basic guidelines for UDL, as well as identified the three primary principles that should be followed while using UDL.  I found the following chart to be very beneficial and explains to teachers how lesson plans should be organized and what teaching strategies should be used in order to engage learners of all kinds.

Three primary principles guide UDL—and provide structure for the Guidelines

I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation

II. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression

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