Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2016

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Emily Graybill

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel Crimmins

Abstract

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that recognizes diversity of learning styles and response preferences. It is offered as an alternative to the "one-size-fits-all" instructional methods. With UDL, classrooms offer multiple methods or presenting information, intended to resonate with different information processing styles, and also allowing for varied response modalities. The use of UDL is growing in classrooms across the United States.

With an increasing emphasis on UDL implementations, there is an increased recognition of teachers' concerns and perceived barriers to its use in their classrooms. This paper reviews different strategies to implement UDL. It has been created from different resources including videos, websites, journal articles, and feedback from current teachers. This paper suggests different ways that teachers can overcome the perceived barriers of using UDL, with specific consideration given to time, knowledge, finances, and training that were identified as the key barriers when applying UDL. As UDL proves to be efficient and beneficial for students, offering them the opportunity to reach their full potential, it will be increasingly important to provide support for their incorporation into learning environment.

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