Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning Edition

Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning Edition

Students at the Center paper Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age explores how new digital technologies can be used to design curricula that are flexible enough to adapt readily to individual differences. Authors David Rose and Jenna Gravel propose that universal design for learning—as the confluence of advances in the neuroscience of human variability and in multimedia technologies —can create an "ecology for learning" which provides rich, diverse, student-centered learning pathways for all students. 

To illustrate this point, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) created a digital version of the article for Students at the Center. The UDL version is an accessible format that applies the UDL principles to transform the static, print article into an interactive, learning experience. As you read in this UDL environment, you experience exactly the kind of "student-centered learning in the digital age" that the article promotes and learn more about how each tool connects to UDL principles and pedagogy. 

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About the Project

Students at the Center synthesizes and adapts for practice current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning that lead to deeper learning outcomes. Our goal is to strengthen the ability of practitioners and policymakers to engage each student in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed for success in college, career, and civic life.  The edited volume of Students at the Center research papers Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers (2013) is available from Harvard Education Press. 

This Jobs for the Future project is supported generously by funds from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.