In order to establish a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, it’s critical to examine the classroom environment through three distinct lenses: the intellectual, physical, and emotional.
If our systems have any chance of supporting students with remote learning, they have to use the principles of Universal Design to ensure that every student, regardless of variability, has equal opportunities to learn.
In a time of Emergency Online Learning, the founding principles of UDL (Multiple Means of Representation, Engagement, and Action and Expression) provide solutions that are critical in an online environment.
Even though our conventional use of using UDL to design lesson plans has changed, there are guiding questions that educators use when designing conventional instruction that are still applicable and, perhaps, more critical in the online environment. Here are Guiding Questions to build out an (online or in-person) UDL Lesson Plan