The challenge of individual differences faces every teacher, administrator, and curriculum designer. To meet that challenge, educators are typically equipped with media and materials that are "one size fits all" and that have been designed primarily for a narrow and illusive group of "regular" students. This course will explore an alternative approach -- universal design for learning (UDL) -- that creates curricula and learning environments that are designed to achieve success for a much wider range of student abilities and disabilities. To do that, the UDL approach takes advantage of advances in two fields: (1) the cognitive neuroscience of learning and individual differences and (2) the universal design of educational technologies and multimedia. This course will explore recent advances in both of these fields through appropriate readings and through media construction exercises designed to prepare and support participants to meet the challenge of individual differences through universal design for learning. Students will work in teams on learning environments that are an expression of UDL.
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