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By CrossBraining Staff on April 12, 2021

Universal Design For Learning: Part 1 - Multiple Means

Universal Design for Learning is a teaching framework developed based on decades of scientific research on how humans learn. CrossBraining was built on this framework so that teachers can unlock UDL’s potential in their classroom. In this series, we will delve deep into UDL and how CrossBraining’s platform uses it to drive learning.

Multiple Means

The UDL framework often repeats the phrase “multiple means”. This is a nod to both the diversity of learners and how humans learn better through multiple pathways. It seems obvious that a student will learn more about dinosaurs if they read a book about them, then listen to a podcast, then visit a museum, and then do a project. But it’s not just repetition, it’s that different modalities create multiple ways for learners to “connect the dots” of their learning.

Young boy playing with his plastic animals at home-1 CrossBraining has multiple means built-in. Throughout a lesson, students are asked to record a video of their learning. Then they are asked to write out a narration script. After that they record their narration script by speaking it out loud while watching their videos. Finally, they write answers to reflection questions. This means that students are recording, watching, reading, writing, speaking and reflecting on their learning.

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Learning Styles?

There is perhaps no more controversial phrase in modern learning research than “learning styles”. But that’s for another blog. It may be tempting to connect the idea of learning styles to UDL’s emphases on multiple means. However, UDL does not use the phrase “learning styles”. That’s because every learner benefits from multiple means. And isn’t that who we’re teaching for?

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Published by CrossBraining Staff April 12, 2021
CrossBraining Staff