CAST UDL Curriculum Self-Check

This site shows how to incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into curriculum, as well as learn about UDL and explore resources related to it. 

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The UDL self-check helps expand teachers expand their teaching strategies to reach all learners. Choose a unit or a lesson that is ineffective for some students and use the UDL Self-Check to help overcome barriers the curriculum (goals, methods, materials, and assessment) may pose for them. Evaluate each curriculum element, think about them, and write self-reflections.

What the experts say

A limitation is that the site is primarily focused on school-age populations. It is highly useful to the adult educator who is able to adapt information targeted to K-12 teachers. The site can be used to quickly evaluate a lesson or as an expansive resource for information about, and practical tools for, using UDL.

Adult educators can complete each step of the self-check using an existing lesson plan or other instructional material. Using the numerous links on the site, the adult educator could also use the site as a platform for learning a lot more about UDL. The goals/methods/materials/assessment sections and the summary report that follows are useful for analyzing a lesson. The related links provide resources for both understanding why aspects of each of these parts of a lesson are relevant to UDL as well as resources for further information and tips for practice.

I think that the Curriculum Self-Check is a good idea.  It would have been more applicable if the suggestions and comments were about adult learners instead of the K-12 focus. Unfortunately, it does not link to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.

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