4 Principles of a Universal Design for Learning Approach
Universal design or educational design is a philosophy designed to meet the needs of everyone no matter their ability or potential. The approach emphasizes the need to create an environment that is accessible, integrated, and adaptable, so that all students can learn effectively.
1. Pencil on the paper
Start by sketching out a rough idea of what you want to learn. What are your goals and what are the specific tasks you need to complete? Then, ask yourself how you can best learn the information. Are you looking to learn it piecemeal, one piece at a time? Or are you looking for a more holistic approach that will help you understand the entire process?
2. Focus on the task
When you are looking to learn, don’t let the focus shift away from the task at hand. It can be tough to stay focused when you’re trying to learn something new but try to keep everything else in mind as well. If you can, set aside time each day to work on one specific task. This will help you stay focused and organized.
3. Take breaks
When you’re feeling overwhelmed or stuck, take a break. If you can find a time each day where you can relax and do something else that you enjoy, you will be more likely to stick with the task at hand.
4. Let go of perfectionism
If you are always looking for ways to improve or perfect what you’re doing, you will likely lose interest in learning. If you have a common goal or goal to achieve, instead of looking for ways to improve, it will be easier to stay focused and committed.
The approach is easy to implement and can be used in various settings, from small schools to large universities.