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What is the difference between Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiated instruction?

Both differentiated instruction and UDL strive to maximize the learning of all students through an emphasis on engagement and providing multiple ways for students to access and interact with content and demonstrate learning. The differences are that 1) differentiated instruction occurs during the facilitation of learning, whereas UDL is integrated into the curriculum during design, and 2) differentiated instruction makes adjustments to the curriculum (similar to an accommodation), while UDL incorporates resources and choices as part of the curriculum. (Source: iris.peabody.vanderbilt. edu/module/di/cresource/q1/101/)


What is the difference between UDL & Assistive Technology (AT)?

AT is specific to the individual learner, whereas UDL benefits all students and may or may not include technology.


What is the difference between UDL & accommodations?

Appropriate instructional accommodations do not change the curriculum content and/or standards or decrease content difficulty; they are add-ons to standard materials/methods. UDL embeds accommodations or “front-loads”/integrates them into the overall design of instruction


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