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The Neuroscience of Learning: Universal Design for Learning

presented by Patti Kelly Ralabate

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a conceptual framework based on neuroscience and learning science research that guides instructional design. Applicable for all ages, it is especially effective in addressing learner variability (i.e., anticipated differences and diversity among all learners) by engaging learners, offering multiple ways to access and understand information, and providing choice in how learners express what they know. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and how it can be applied in your therapeutic and instructional practice to meet your clients’ needs.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Patti Kelly Ralabate, Ed.D.

    Dr. Patricia Kelly Ralabate is a nationally recognized leader on effective instructional design for all learners. Building on 25 years as a speech-language pathologist, nine years as the National Education Association (NEA) Senior Policy Analyst for special and gifted education, and four years at CAST leading implementation and professional learning projects, Dr. Ralabate offers three MedBridge online courses focused on understanding and applying the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in clinical and educational settings. In addition to teaching for the George Washington University and CAST, she creates dynamic resources and texts for educators, including authoring Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching All Learners and co-authoring Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The Neuroscience of Learning: The “Why,” “What,” and “How” of Instruction

    1. The Neuroscience of Learning: The “Why,” “What,” and “How” of Instruction

    Chapter One offers a brief history of the reasoning behind the development of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and an overview of the neuroscience and learning science research that forms the foundation for the UDL framework.

  2. Learner Variability and Expert Learning

    2. Learner Variability and Expert Learning

    Chapter Two explains how applying UDL to your practice addresses learner variability and develops expert learners.

  3. Myths, Misconceptions, and Intersections

    3. Myths, Misconceptions, and Intersections

    Chapter Three contrasts the UDL framework with other frameworks and instructional strategies to clarify what UDL is and what it is not.