Because of learner variability it is important to adapt how we present information to our students using multiple methods. “Learning, and transfer of learning, occurs when multiple representations are used, because it allows students to make connections within, as well as between, concepts. In short, there is not one means of representation that will be optimal for all learners; providing options for representation is essential.”
Check out the UDL Guidelines for more information.
Multiple Means of Representation
Learning Styles – visual, auditory and kinesthetic – were one way we used to view differences among learners until some years ago when the theory was found not to be as helpful as we thought. We have since learned that all students benefit from a variety of teaching methods. As UDL teaches us, what is necessary for some students, can be beneficial to many students, as this cartoon illustrates.
It’s All About the Goals
UDL is all about goals: both learning goals and students’ individual goals. UDL encourages us to think about goals in everything we do, from determining how we will present material to how we assess what students learned. The overall goal of UDL is to help students become expert learners. Check out the Top 10 UDL Tips for Developing Learning Goals for some ideas.