Nov 12, 2018
Blended and Personalized Learning, UDL, and AEM in a Nutshell
These words and acronyms have been quite the buzz in the education world. info@ is here to provide more information and resources on all of them and how they fit together as we work to provide successful learning opportunities for all the learners in the Grant Wood AEA service area.
Blended Learning includes a variety of ways that students experience or learn their content. Differentiation of instruction happens naturally in a blended learning environment and takes into account not only student struggles, but also their strengths and interests. Having options for receiving the information in multiple ways such as print, video, audio, infographs, simulations, or physical activity (to name a few) allow for learner differences and increase the likelihood that a learner will be able to access and gain the information needed After learners experience their learning, having varied ways to show their learning also increases the learners’ ability to show what they truly know. While some learners still prefer “sit and get” learning, blended learning allows for different learning styles. In a world where people can create their own playlists for music, stream television or Youtube when and how they want, learning in this manner creates student ownership increases motivation and success for all. Just like a blended learning activity, blended learning will look different in each classroom. There is no ONE WAY to blend.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based system where all learners will be able to participate in the learning experience. Rather than realizing there is a student need for alternate materials and creating alternate content for that one student, an ideal UDL would have content already designed to meet the needs of diverse abilities and disabilities. “What is essential for some is useful for all” is a phrase often used when discussing UDL. While some students need to have text read aloud to them in order for them to get access to the content, some might find listening to audio useful or prefer as they workout or ride the school bus. That audio format makes learning possible for one student as well as useful for another. Intentionally designing your learning meet the needs of the broadest possible and allowing student voice and choice in how they obtain and demonstrate their knowledge, is a solid path towards personalized learning.
Whether creating original learning resources or gathering various content to use with your learners, Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) will help with personalized learning and UDL. AEM include print and electronic resources designed so that the formats are accessible to the widest audience regardless of their visual, auditory, or physical ability. What makes them accessible is the format or the options to modify the format. Large print text, text to speech, translations, and closed captioning (CC) capabilities are a few of the types of features to look for or to include in your creations.
“Access for Learning.” National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, 31 Oct. 2018, aem.cast.org/.
Salend, Spencer J., and Catharine R. Whittaker. “UDL: A Blueprint for Learning Success.” Educational Leadership, vol. 74, no. 7, Apr. 2017, pp. 59–63. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1138127&site=ehost-live.
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New titles in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center on Blended and Personalized Learning:
- Beyond reform : systemic shifts toward personalized learning (200303) A 2017 Call#: R 371.2 ROOBook
- Blended learning in action : a practical guide toward sustainable change (199499) A 2017 Call#: R 371.3 TUCBook
- How to personalize learning : a practical guide for getting started and going deeper (199440,BK) A Call#: R 371.39 BRA
- Make learning personal : the what, who, wow, where, and why (195500,BK) A Call#: R 373.11 BRA
- Students at the center : personalized learning with habits of mind (199827) A 2017 Call#: R 371.39 KALBook
- The Take-action guide to world class learners : personalized education for autonomous learning and student-driven curriculum (199941) A 2016 Call#: R 371.39 ZHABook
- Tapping the power of personalized learning : a roadmap for school leaders (198439) A 2016 Call#: R 371.39 RICBook
New titles on UDL and AEM:
- Six steps to inclusive preschool curriculum : a UDL-based framework for children's school success (198928) A 2016 Call#: R 372.21 HORBook
- UDL now! : a teacher's guide to applying universal design for learning in today's classrooms (202249) A 2016 Call#: R 371.9 NOVBook
- Universal design for learning : theory and practice (201617) A 2014 Call#: R 720.87 MEYBook
- Your UDL lesson planner : the step-by-step guide for teaching all learners (198871) A 2016 Call#: R 371.3028 RALBook
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- Blended learning in action : a practical guide toward sustainable change (199571,EP) A 2017 Call#: R 371.3 TUC Professional e-Book
- Bold school : old school wisdom + new school technologies = blended learning that works (202057) A 2017 Call#: R 371.3 KIEBook
- How to personalize learning : a practical guide for getting started and going deeper (201138,EP) A 2017 Call#: R 371.39 BRA Professional e-Book
- UDL now! : a teacher's guide to applying universal design for learning in today's classrooms (202224,EP) A 2016 Call#: R 371.9 NOV Professional e-Book
- Six steps to inclusive preschool curriculum : a UDL-based framework for children's school success (199088,EP) A 2016 Call#: R 372.21 HOR Professional e-Book
- Universal design for learning : theory and practice (202225,EP) A 2014 Call#: R 720.87 MEY Professional e-Book
- Your UDL lesson planner : the step-by-step guide for teaching all learners (199094,EP) A 2016 Call#: R 371.3028 RAL Professional e-Book
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