Applications

Developers and researchers are using the UDL Curriculum Toolkit to create diverse applications and exemplars. Read below about these projects and learn about how the Toolkit supported each developer in achieving their education goals and outcomes.

IQWST-UDL

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The IQWST student interface

IQWST-UDL was created to facilitate the development of the first version of the UDL Curriculum Toolkit and to test the potential of the Toolkit's use in enhancing student experience and outcomes in inquiry science education, through the creation of a Universally Designed web-based science curricula for middle-school students. IQWST is a 12-unit, full middle school science curriculum that focuses on big ideas, on scientific practices as integral to the scientific enterprise, and on integrating literacy practices and science content learning.

Foundation Science-UDL

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The Foundation Science student interface

The Foundation Science exemplar was created to support the development of the first version of the Curriculum Toolkit. The exemplar was used in classroom settings to explore the promise of the Toolkit’s use in enhancing high school students’ learning in inquiry science classes. The exemplar chapter, Learning Experience 2: Simple Change, Unintended Consequences: Exploring Ecosystems, is drawn from EDC’s Foundation Science project (funded by the National Science Foundation) which developed four full years of standards-based curriculum stressing the practices of science in tackling scientific challenges.

DynaBook: A Digital Resource and Preservice Model for Developing TPCK

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The DynaBook preservice teacher interface

In this project, SRI international is collaborating with CAST to create a digital media resource (a “DynaBook”) coupled with a novel preservice education model to support the development of teachers Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge or TPCK. Through the use of the DynaBook, preservice teachers deepen their own content knowledge, develop key pedagogical skills, and are supported in the beneficial use of technology in teaching. The goal is to advance the preparation of preservice teachers in middle school mathematics specifically on the topic of proportionality.

Universal Design for Learning Modules: Supporting Literacy in Physics

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The physics module

To improve science literacy outcomes for at-risk diverse learners and broaden participation in science learning, CAST in collaboration with EDC is creating a proof-of-concept, next generation learning module in physics. The learning module will combine UDL learning design, high quality physics content tied to the Common Core State Standards, targeted support and scaffolding for students, and learning analytics with feedback mechanisms providing for apprenticeship in the learning environment with frequent opportunities for practice with feedback. At the conclusion of the project the module will be published as an Open Education Resource.

Transforming Biocomplexity and the Habitable Planet

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The Biocomplexity home page interface

TERC in collaboration with CAST will use the transformation of an existing curriculum as the context for advancing the field of curriculum design with UDL principles. It will also advance the functionality of the UDL Curriculum Toolkit to include scaffolds and supports for images, graphs, diagrams, and models.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Increase accessibility of the Biocomplexity curriculum to all students in heterogeneous, upper-level classrooms through:
    • Developing and researching the effectiveness of multimedia scaffolds that increase the accessibility of complex scientific data
    • Developing additional multimedia resources including text, graphics and visuals that enhance access to reading materials
    • Providing further contextual supports for scientific argumentation.
  • Provide additional support for teachers with the pedagogical challenges presented by innovative classroom activity structures, and by assessing student progress in a case-based curriculum.
  • Advance understanding of how to design curricular scaffolding for students to work with complex data to construct scientific arguments.

Inquiry Primed: Mitigating the effects of stereotype threat in middle school science

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Inquiry Primed module overview example

Inquiry Primed was created to pilot a professional learning experience that supports teachers in reducing the impact of stereotype threat in middle school science. The four 2-week Inquiry Primed professional learning modules take advantage of features in the UDL Curriculum Toolkit to increase participant understanding, facilitate strategy use, and build a community of practice. Participants read, view videos, link to resources to build understanding. They use the Highlighting and My Notes features to collect notes, thoughts, and ideas, and they may share ideas with their small group using the Whiteboard feature. Participants transfer research to practice by getting facilitator and peer support while using strategies in their classrooms, and participate in small group community of practice discussions with peers.