Universal Learning Design: Empowering the Next Generation Overview | DO-IT The Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) develops and collects resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience: instructionstudent servicesinformation technology, andphysical spaces. Introduction to Universal Design in Education Brochures, promising practices, and Q&As. Universal Design in Higher Education: Promising Practices An online book full of practices for implementing universal design, with opportunities for you to contribute to the collection. Applications of Universal Design to Projects, Conference Exhibits, Presentations, and Professional Organizations How projects, exhibits, and presentations can ensure access for all participants, including those with disabilities.
Appropriate use of alternative text Alternative Text Basics Alternative text provides a textual alternative to non-text content in web pages. We will be discussing alternative text for images only, though the principles can be applied to media, applets, or other non-text web content. Alternative text serves several functions: It is read by screen readers in place of images allowing the content and function of the image to be accessible to those with visual or certain cognitive disabilities. It is displayed in place of the image in browsers if the image file is not loaded or when the user has chosen not to view images. The key principle is that computers and screen readers cannot analyze an image and determine what the image presents. Alternative text can be presented in two ways: Within the alt attribute of the img element. This means that the alt attribute (sometimes called the alt tag, though technically this is incorrect) is not the only mechanism for providing the content and function of the image. Important Note Example 1
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Everyone Can Learn - Center for Excellence in Disabilities Universal Design involves the widest range of people's abilities, to the greatest extent possible. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the design of instruction for all student use, without need for adaptation or specialized design. Teachers designing UDL classrooms should consider products and environments with a variety of characteristics that enhance all students' learning. UDL promotes a strong, yet flexible, foundation to meet a broader range of diverse abilities, disabilities, ethnicities, language skills and learning styles. The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) develops innovative technology based on the principles of UDL. What should educators know about UDL and their classroom? UDL classrooms can help reduce the amount of "special" modifications common in inclusive classrooms. UDL is based on nine principles that can make any classroom more inclusive for all students. Class climate: Adopt practices that respect both diversity and inclusiveness. Table of Contents
Differentiated Instruction by Mary Ann Corley How can classroom teachers maximize the learning potential of their adult basic education (ABE) students while, at the same time, attending to differences among them? Instead of expecting learners to adjust to the lessons they plan, teachers need to plan their lessons to adjust to the learners at hand. To do this effectively, teachers need to understand and know their learners, including their learners’ current skill levels, strengths and challenges, interests and preferences, and needs and goals. The challenge is for teachers to ensure that the needs of all learners are equally valued and equally served. Differentiated instruction is an approach that enables teachers to plan strategically to meet the needs of every student. Differentiated instruction has been a buzzword in k-12 education for the past two decades but has only recently gained ground in adult basic education. Learning ProfileLearning profile refers to how a student learns best. Content and Process
PowerPoint Accessibility You are here: Home > Articles > PowerPoint Accessibility Introduction Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular tools for creating slide show presentations. It is often used to organize thoughts for a meeting or lesson, to present key points in a live presentation, and even to create handouts. This article outlines how to can make PowerPoint files more accessible on the web. Create Accessible PowerPoint Files Whether you link directly to a PowerPoint file (PPT), or display your presentation in another format like PDF, there are several things that you can do to make your file as accessible as possible. PowerPoint for Mac All versions of PowerPoint for Mac through 2008 have serious accessibility limitations. Slide layouts Every version of PowerPoint since at least 2000 contains a series of highly-accessible slide layouts. PowerPoint 2000-2003 Select or use the sidebar. PowerPoint 2007-2010 Select , or select the , and a menu of slide types will appear. Alternative text for images Notes
Lisa's Lingo: A UDL Classroom in Action Recently, a teacher, who I have much admiration for, asked me if I could share a UDL lesson with her. This was when I realized that, even those who seem to know, don't really understand UDL. So let's see what a UDL classroom in action looks like. But first, once again, I will explain UDL. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs." UDL is not a lesson plan, it is a program. Here is a typical day in my classroom. 8:45 - 9:10 - We unpack and listen to announcements. 9:10 - 10 - Math time. 10 - 10:45 - Reading time. 10:45 - 11 - Snack time. 11 - 12 - Social Studies. 12 - 1 - Language Arts - Sign of the Beaver projects are almost finished. Lunch time! 2 - 3 - Writing - During my mini-lesson, I write the steps to a personal essay. That's a typical day. This is a UDL classroom.