Barriers and Solutions Finder

Introduction

What is the UDL Curriculum Barriers and Solutions Finder?

The UDL Curriculum Barriers and Solutions Finder is an easy-to-use tool that assists educators in applying Universal Design for Learning principles to the curriculum. Teachers use a simple checklist to indicate instructional goals, materials and methods. The UDL Curriculum Barriers and Solutions Finder then identifies:

  • Potential barriers to learning that different students are likely to face
  • Ways to diversify instructional approaches to give more learners opportunities to succeed

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What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

Today’s educators are challenged to teach all learners to high standards, yet a single classroom may include students who struggle to learn for many reasons, including:

  • Learning disabilities such as dyslexia
  • English language barriers
  • Emotional or behavioral problems
  • Lack of interest or engagement
  • Sensory and physical disabilities

Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is an educational approach to meeting the challenge of diversity in the classroom. UDL provides a blueprint for creating flexible goals, methods and materials that accommodate learner differences. "Universal" does not imply a single solution for everyone. Instead, it underscores the need for multiple approaches to make classrooms more inclusive and effective for all.

UDL principles help educators customize their teaching to meet individual needs. A universally designed curriculum offers the following:

  • Multiple means of representation, to give learners various ways of acquiring knowledge
  • Multiple means of action and expression, to give learners various ways to demonstrate knowledge
  • Multiple means of engagement, to tap into learners' interests and motivate learning

To learn more about UDL, visit the Teaching Every Student website at www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent.