Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

IRIS Modules for

Visit the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements for free online interactive modules, podcasts, case studies and articles that directly and effectively translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. The materials of evidence-based topics, including behavior, RTI, learning strategies, and progress monitoring.

Very effective modules that can be used directly with students in teacher preparation programs.

UDL Book Builder

The CAST Book Builder is an online utility that makes it easy to build accessible, online books that include audio support, glossaries, and learning guides. The utility is free and there is a growing collection of books as people create more and contribute them to the collection. It fully supports the use of effective UDL practices.

UDL resources Wiki

This community wiki on UDL is maintained by Dr. Kathleen Gradel of SUNY Fredonia.

Presentation: Online Learning by NYIT

These are links to some of the resources used or mentioned in the breakout session on online learning by NYIT (Mike Uttendorfer, Dolores Burton, Sarah McPherson)

This was the Powerpoint they presented.

Universal design for learning elements of good teaching

Article on the basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Universal Design for Instruction Fact Sheet

A basic (two page) information guide to Universal Design Learning.

Universal Design Applied to Large Scale Assessments

The purpose of this paper is to explore the development of universal design and to consider its application to large scale assessments. Building on universal design principles presented by the Center for Universal Design, seven elements of universally designed assessments are identified and described in this paper.

Trace Center for Accessable Communication

Capitalizing on information and communication technologies to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible.

The Starfall learn-to-read

Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall.com is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.

The Center for Universal Design (not Learning but related)

The Center for Accessible Housing with a mission to improve the quality and availability of housing for people with disabilities.

The Access Center

A national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Depart. of Ed. Office of Special Ed. Programs whose mission is to improve outcomes for elementary and middle school students with disabilities.

Technology Resources for Education (T.R.E.) Center

Providing support for assistive technology and UDL in NYS.

Teach-nology - the art and science of teaching with technology

The Art and Science of Teaching with Technology represents a vision that embraces the future of teaching in a world driven by technology.

PBS - Ready To Learn

Integrated free and universally available children's educational television and online resources with community outreach to help parents and educators prepare young children for success in school.

NEIRTEC - Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium

Focuses on helping educational leaders at the state, district, and school levels put technology to effective use in schools.

National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators (NCITE)

NCITE's purpose is to advance the quality and effectiveness of technology, media, and materials for individuals with disabilities.

Math Resources for UDL online

A listing of categorized math resources for Universal Design for Learning.

Implementing quality, accessible learning: A pilot program in developing accessible online learning resources

An article addressing both the issues of good instructional design and content accessiblity.

Guidelines for Creating Web Content Accessible to All

Accessibility is for everyone. Although there are legal mandates requiring institutions of higher education to make educational materials accessible accessibility is fundamentally just good web page design.

Graphic Organizers and the Implications for Universal Design for Learning

Examines the research on educational applications of graphic organizers in grades K-12 and explores points of intersection with Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a curriculum design approach intended to lower the barriers that traditionally limit access to information and learning for many students.

Focus on Effectiveness - Improving Student Achievement

Twelve core strategies link to 30 classroom examples that show how to apply key research, using technology to engage learners and improve achievement.

Examining the Effect of Computer-Based Passage Presentation on Reading Test Performance

Examines the impact of transitioning 4th grade reading comprehension assessments to the computer.

Differentiated Instruction and Implications for UDL Implementation

CAST's publication on Differentiated Instruction and UDL provides the reader with a definition and description of essential features and attributes of this classroom practice.

CAST's Professional Development Initiatives

CAST works closely with educators across the country to meet the needs of diverse learners through Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

CAST's Resources for Teachers

Explore a variety of resources that support understanding and implementation of Universal Design for Learning, and download professional development slides and activities.

Bibliography Reading List for the topic of UDL

A bibliography of reading materials for understanding Universal Design for Learning.

Analyzing the Results of Large Scale Assessments to Ensure Universal Design

Paper illustrates one method of determining whether items are functioning differentially for students with disabilities in comparison to their non-disabled counterparts.

Achieve 3000 - Delivering differentiated instruction via the Net

From Grades 2-12, Achieve3000 solutions provide the first web-based, individualized learning solutions scientifically proven to accelerate reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing proficiency and performance on high stakes tests.

Evaluation of Score Results from Computerized and Paper & Pencil MathematicsTesting in a Large Scale State Assessment

Study reports results from a quasi-controlled empirical investigation addressing the impact on student test scores when using fixed form computer based testing (CBT) versus paper and pencil (P&P) testing as the delivery mode.

Strategies that Work: Universal Design for Learning and the Culturally Responsive Classroom

A collection of slides, activities and articles that address UDL and CRC. Assembled by members of the Long Island Regional Task Force.

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