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Ep 3: The Glass Half Full... Honouring Every Learner at Every Level through Universal Design for Learning
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This is a conversation about all things Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with Dr Margaret Flood. She is an expert in inclusive learning, teaching, teacher professional learning design and delivery, policy development and curriculum design. It is safe to say, Mags knows her stuff! Dr Flood is also a passionate, vocal advocate for the use of Universal Design for Learning for inclusive learning and teaching.
In this episode, we talk about Universal Design for Learning, what it is and how it can be enacted in education, learning, and society. We discuss how UDL more fully embraces the UN guidelines for inclusion and inclusive learning, how planning lessons 'up or down' have negative connotations and requires more time for retrofitting which means less time for meaningfully engaging with learners and their depth of learning.
We pick apart cultural biases that are built within the current curriculum and talk about how vital it is to incorporate lessons focused on wider cultural perspectives, global consciousness, and equity (not equality), for every learner across all levels of education and life development.
Mags is a wealth of knowledge and wants to share it openly in UDL fashion. She shares an open source link for finding and engaging with resources about Universal Design for Learning.
The link to her open source toolkit is provided for you here: https://tinyurl.com/MFlood2020