Week 4 dq: udl guidelines: examples and resources

UDL Guidelines: Examples and Resources

This discussion is an opportunity to further demonstrate your ability to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to the design of instruction and assessment. As you learned last week from reading Edyburn (2013) Chapter 5 and viewing the CAST (2010) video UDL at a Glance, the three main principles supporting UDL are to Provide Multiple Means of (a) Representation (the “what of learning), (b) Action and Expression (the “how” of learning), and (c) Engagement (the “why” of learning). For this discussion you will review technology checkpoints as they relate to the three main principles of UDL. IT may be helpful to review the Week Three Instructor Guidance page where UDL is explored in the intellectual elaboration and to take time now to review your feedback from the Week Three assessments as well. Then, to prepare for this discussion, read the Week Four Instructor Guidance and then visit the UDL Guidelines – Version 2.0: Examples and Resources (2014) website. At the website, select the principle you have been assigned based on your last name using the list below. You will then complete the following checkpoint below from the principle you have been assigned to review.


  • If your last name begins with P-Z: Choose one checkpoint from any of the three guidelines from Principle 3 Provide Multiple Means of Engagement

Within the checkpoint there are several examples and/or resources that support the principle and checkpoint. Next, choose one example/resource that interests you to explore, interact with, and evaluate. You may also choose to consider examples geared toward the grade level you are currently teaching, have experience in, or intend to teach.


Initial Post: Create a Jing tutorial or other multimedia-based presentation with software such as Present.me to showcase the specific UDL checkpoint example selected. Include the link to your Jing tutorial or presentation featuring the example/resource selected as well as written responses to the discussion points below. Your written response needs to be between one and two paragraphs in length. One of the ways to make your discussion engaging and effective is by including audio of your voice alongside a presentation of the information you have investigated. You can talk through these points during your tutorial. Keep in mind, the maximum length of a Jing video is five minutes so it will help to create a presentation in PowerPoint first that is five slides long with each slide covering one of the five points below. If for some reason you are unable to complete this discussion using the recommended technology, please contact your instructor for an alternative way to respond.

  1. State the principle and checkpoint (number and description) analyzed.
  2. Describe the specific example or resource selected (title given), the age group intended for, and the content area it covers.
  3. Describe the example/resource explored explaining how it works
  4. Address each of the “Key Considerations” for the checkpoint.
  5. Share an idea you have for how this resource might be used effectively during instruction or assessment opportunities in your current classroom or your future practice.

Below are resources to be used to assist with assignment and attachments:

Required Resources





  • CAST UDL Lessor Builder. (n.d). Explore model UDL lesson plans.  Retrieved from http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/explore.php

    • This section of the UDL Lesson Builder website shows customized UDL lessons that are aligned to standards and tailored to include principles and practical applications of Universal Design for Learning. This website is a required resource for the Week Four Discussion.
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  • Meyer, A., Rose, D., & Gordon, D. (n.d.). Universal design for learning: Theory and practice. Retrieved from http://udltheorypractice.cast.org/login;jsessionid=EB27BE6C79293351E8C2D70A9FBC9C5B

    • This website is a required resource for the Week Four Discussion. Here, you will register for a free account so as to have access to sample lessons and build your own.
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  • National Center on Universal Design for Learning. (n.d.). UDL Guidelines – Version 2.0: Examples and Resources . Retrieved from http://www.udlcenter.org/implementation/examples

    • This website is sponsored by The National Center on Universal Design for Learning. It contains numerous examples and resources related to UDL. This website is a required resource for the Week Four Discussion.
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Recommended Resources




  • Bertling, J., Darrah, M., Lyon, D., & Jackson, S. (2012). Early childhood building blocks: Universal design for learning I in early childhood inclusive classrooms.Retrieved from http://rec.ohiorc.org/orc_documents/orc/recv2/briefs/pdf/0018.pdf

    • This PDF article requires the Adobe Reader plugin to view and is a large file, so it may take a while to download. In this article, the authors discuss how UDL can be incorporated into early childhood classrooms that are inclusive. This article is recommended as a resource for the Week Four Discussion.


  • Jing (http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html)

    • Website for the web-based screen recording software that allows up to five minutes of narration for on-screen content, including a presentation, with a free account. Web-based publishing of recordings is possible as well through the associated screencast service with a free account. This is a recommended source for the Week Four Discussion.
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  • Present.me (https://present.me/content/for-education)

    • Website for the web-based presentation software with a free account option to upload presentations created in other software, such as PowerPoint, and to add voice narration including a webcam video of you speaking the presentation. This is a recommended source for the Post Your Introduction discussion.
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