Friday, March 4, 2011

6. The Brain Networks

Universal Design for Learning

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More than an official article, this wiki page summarizes findings and key messages from Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which is a theory of Instructional Design.

The article directly mentions the work of Rose and Meyer, 2009 and Reigeluth (1999). We will deal with their messages in additional entries.

However, in the simplicity of its tables and key elements, the page begins to organize fundamental elements of the UDL that should be applied form the get go to any online learning design. These include:

  1. The idea that a learning environment should be constructed around a "wicked problem". This idea intrigues designers and instructors and should lead to heightened interest of learners, improving motivation, engagements and commitment to effort to solving the problem.
  2. The three network of our brain - recognition, strategic and affective. Learners must be engaged at all three levels to solve the problem and be successful.
  3. The three key principles of UDL
  4. Multiple means of Representation both in input, practice and production stages
  5. Multiple means of Action and Expression - varied sequences and entry points based on knowledge and skill levels of learners; from simple to complex, from low to high interaction and from high scaffolded contexts to more independent activities and tasks.
  6. Multiple means of Engagement - increase individual choice and autonomy, increase success and access to support.
Simple and yet fundamental elements for online learning.

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