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Links & Resources (Research, Policy, Practice)

This section contains useful UDL links and resources which can help practitioners to better understand UDL theory and practice and the policy landscape which supports the implementation of UDL in FET. 

The CAST UDL Guidelines which are translated into FET settings in the UDL for FET Practitioners Guide can be visited at the link below. 

Visit the CAST UDL Guidelines >>

Resources Relating tO Policy Landscape and UDL for FET

Universal Design in Education and Training – policy landscape in Ireland

Resource produced by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design concerning the international and Irish policy backdrop to the implementation of universal design and UDL in educational settings. Excellent resource to get a quick understanding of key legislative a policy measures supporting UDL implementation.

Future FET: Transforming Learning The National Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2020-24

SOLAS Strategy for Further Education and Training which makes a strategic commitment  "ensuring all learners are supported in a consistent manner, with a universal design approach underpinning learning development and delivery" and " adopting a universal design for learning (UDL) approach in shaping its future
provision".

Practical Resources on UDL Implementation

Customer Communications Toolkit for the Public Service - A Universal Design Approach

Resource produced by the Centre for Excellence  in Universal Design concerning the universal design of written, spoken & signed and digital communications. This comprehensive toolkit can assist with the implementation of the UDL principles of proving multiple means of representation and action and expression.

Learning Designed - CASTs UDL Resource Bank

This platform delivered by CAST provides a range of free and paid resources to assist with UDL understanding and implementation. Can assist with general UDL knowledge building and more specific implementation practice.

A Practitioner’s Guide to Choice of Assessment Methods within a Module

Resource produced by UCD's Dr. Geraldine O'Neill concerning how to offer choice of assessment while maintaining fairness and academic integrity. Excellent resource which can assist with the implementation of the UDL principle of proving multiple means of action and expression.

App/Platform Specific Guidance on UDL and Inclusive Design

AHEAD's Advice on Creating Accessible Word Documents

Resource provided by AHEAD concerning how to develop accessible word documents which everyone can access and customise to their needs. This written and video resource can assist with the implementation of the UDL principle of providing multiple means of representation.

AHEAD's Advice on Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

Resource provided by AHEAD concerning how to develop and deliver accessible PowerPoint presentations which everyone can access. This written and video resource can assist with the implementation of the UDL principle of providing multiple means of representation.

Think UDL Podcast Episode (re Microsoft Office 365) - Intention, Tools, and Institutional Change with Danny Smith

Think UDL podcast episode discussing the ways that Universal Design for Learning principles are interwoven in the fabric of George Brown College, a 30,000 student institution in the heart of Toronto that serves many commuter students in an urban setting.  Danny Smith also explains how he infuses UDL into his teaching practice both by setting an intention for his classes and by his in-depth use of Microsoft Office 365 to benefit all learners. 

Implementing UDL on Canvas

Free online resource/course on how to use the features of the Canvas LMS to help you implement UDL.

Moodle Universal Design for Learning Guide

Resource provided by Brickfield Labs and Dublin City University - a visual quick reference infographic on built in Moodle LMS tools which can help you to facilitate good UDL practice in different areas of your teaching. 

 

Acknowledgements

The resources required by AHEAD to co-coordinate this initiative in FET are funded as part of the UDL for FET project – A project of AHEAD commissioned by SOLAS and ETBI. The project is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. UDL for FET Project Funder Logos - Irelands European and Structural Funds Programmes 2014-2020, ESF, SOLAS and ETBI

UDL for FET Project

The resources required by AHEAD to coordinate this initiative in FET are funded as part of the UDL for FET project – A project of AHEAD commissioned by SOLAS and ETBI. The project is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. 

UDL for FET Project Funder Logos - Irelands European and Structural Funds Programmes 2014-2020, ESF, SOLAS and ETBI

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