UDL and Assessment for LearningLast month a colleague (Dr Lenore Adie) and I presented a paper at the International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher Education 2015, in Hong Kong. We presented an alignment of the principles of assessment for learning http://www.assessmentforlearning.edu.au/default.asp and universal design for learning. We are interested in the alignment between the framework of UDL which provides principles of inclusive education and AfL strategies which are evidence-based and practical to focus or teaching and the learning in higher education (HE).
Our propositionWe propose that the combination of the principles of UDL and AfL is key to enhancing the student learning experience and achievement as well as contributing to our teaching effectiveness. A cornerstone strategy of AfL is to explicitly provide students with intentions for learning . For this presentation we have the following learning intentions for you – Demonstrate alignment of UDL and AfL principles Illustrate how these can be bought together as a conceptual framework for teaching in HE Provide examples of practice that we have used that demonstrate the application of the conceptual framework in HE.
The intentional and purposeful planning for diversity negates the need for retro – fitting such as we see when ramps are attached to the front of older buildings. Universal design for learning is a phrase coined by the CAST organisation to describe the intentional design of teaching and learning that meets the needs for a diverse range of learners in the planning stages. Therefore reducing the need to retro-fit adjustments for the learning needs of students.