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UDL Guidelines - Version 2.0: Examples and Resources

Checkpoint 8.2: Vary demands and resources to optimize challenge

III. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement

Sustaining Effort and Persistence

Key Considerations

  • HHow does this help learners meet the goal?
  • How does this account for the variability of all learners?
  • Do learners have the support they need to meet the challenge?


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Example/Resource Why UDL?
'Exploring Language' written in dark blue over a light blue background

Exploring Language

Exploring Language provides leveled support for learning about language. See how students and artists explore and express their thoughts through poetry and song. 

Age Group: K-12
Content Area: English, poetry, songwriting
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? The different levels of learning offered by Exploring Language allows learners to choose the level that is best for them.

See also:
6.1: Guide appropriate goal-setting

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Windows to the Universe

This interactive, educational website about our universe and planetary systems was created by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and is supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) among others. 

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: Science
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? In an effort to vary the level of challenge, Windows to the Universe offers content at "Beginner," "Intermediate," and "Advanced" levels.

See also:
2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols

3.1: Activate or supply background knowledge

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CAST's UDL Editions

UDL Editions take advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners. Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner, ages 10 and up. Select your book to get started!

Age Group: Grade 3 and up
Content Area: Literacy
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? The multimedia glossary embedded throughout all of the texts in UDL Editions is a great example of supporting vocabulary and symbols. Click on an underlined word, and read the definition in text, listen to the defintion through text-to-speech, and see visual depictions.

See also:
1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information

2.2: Clarify syntax and structure

2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols

3.3: Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation

5.3: Build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance

Last Updated: 01/03/2012

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