Early Lessons Learned from Incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into the LEND curriculum

Posted On November 14, 2019
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Stephanie D. Baumann, Molly Tucker, Emily Graybill, Mark Crenshaw, & Daniel Crimmins

Georgia State University, Center for Leadership in Disability, School of Public Health

 

Main Points

Creating UDL presentations helped trainees in both their understanding and confidence about using UDL. By creating UDL presentations as part of the LEND curriculum, future leaders and professionals become more familiar and comfortable in incorporating UDL into their own work.

Universal Design for Learning calls for multiple means of:

Figure 1. Image of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Three boxes contain phrases Engagement, Representation, and Action and Expression.

 

Introduction

  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that creates teaching practices that are barrier-free for all learners (1, 2).
  • Understanding UDL alone does not prepare professionals for successful implementation (3).
  • The GaLEND program implemented UDL training for trainees that encouraged them to practice, and then reflect on, creating UDL presentations.

 

Methods

Trainees were asked in a pre- and post-survey:

  • How familiar are you with the term UDL?
  • What does UDL stand for?
  • Describe UDL.
  • How comfortable are you in using UDL principles when presenting information?

During the LEND course, trainees created UDL lessons and reflected on their experiences.

 

Results

Trainees showed an increased knowledge in all four questions asked.

Figure 2. Pre-to-Post UDL Survey. Based on the question of familiarity (How familiar are you with the term UDL?), trainees showed an improvement from 6 to 14 from pre- to post-survey. For the question of the Acronym (What does UDL stand for?), trainees improved from 4 to 11 from pre-to-post survey. When asked to describe UDL, trainees improved from 6 to 12 from pre-to-post survey. And on the question of comfort (How comfortable are you in using UDL principles when presenting information?), trainees improved from 5 to 11.

 

Discussion

Trainee reflections discussed both barriers and positive lessons learned through the practice of creating UDL presentations.

 

Trainee Quotes

“Coming up with creative and different ways to meet universal design is much harder than I thought but I enjoyed being challenged in looking at information in a different way.”

“I learned that it is totally possible to find ways to involve different ways of learning and expression in a classroom.”

 

Detailed Results

MID YEAR (PRE TEST) – Out of 21

Are you familiar with the term UDL?

NO – 9

YES – 6

SOMEWHAT – 5

 

What does UDL stand for? (Those who said YES)

Correct – 4

 

Described UDL

Correct – 6

 

How comfortable are you in using UDL principles when presenting information?

Extremely comfortable – 3

Somewhat comfortable – 2

Neither comfortable nor uncomfortable – 5

Somewhat uncomfortable – 1

Extremely uncomfortable – 0

 

END YEAR (POST TEST) – out of 18

Are you familiar with the term UDL?

NO – 0

YES – 14

 

What does UDL stand for? (Those who said YES)

Correct – 11

 

Described UDL

Correct – 12

 

How comfortable are you in using UDL principles when presenting information?

Extremely comfortable – 3

Somewhat comfortable – 8

Neither comfortable nor uncomfortable – 3

Somewhat uncomfortable – 0

Extremely uncomfortable – 0