#UDLchat "Learner Needs"

Addressing & Understanding Learner Needs Through a UDL Lens


What are potential triggers or barriers that may unintentionally be present in learning environments?

Through Alexis’ work, she is privileged to help re-engage disengaged and often misunderstood learners across developmental time points and ages. In the past few weeks she has been curious about best ways to support educators at the start of this new school year.

Through candid discussions with individuals and groups of learners she has uncovered a series of requests that they have for educators. Please take some time to consider the questions below. The goal is not to change educators, but to consider potential trigger or barriers that even the most well-intentioned humans may create. We hope you will cultivate an awareness of how to set up learning environments, interactions, expectations, and engage in conversations that empower, rather than stifle learner development.

Points to Ponder:

-Learners who experience challenges (across any area of their life) benefit from patience, pause, and others having faith in them.

-Be mindful not to generalize an individual from a marginalized community or ask them to speak on behalf of their entire community. For example: “How does someone from x background feel about y issue?”

-Be mindful to ask learners what they need, especially if you notice a shift or change in their behaviors. Just because someone can’t do something in one context, doesn’t mean they can’t do something at all.

#UDLchat Questions for August 21, 2019

Q 1: How do you establish a culture of caring, compassionate, and respectful learning?

Q 2: As an adult learner, what are some of the triggers (things that set off a strong emotional response) or barriers that get in your way of reaching a goal? What are potential triggers/ barriers your Ls may experience?

Q 3: Learning challenges may present differently across learning environments. Ls have shared that comments like “You just need to try harder” are incredibly invalidating. What are some phrases we can reframe to be more considerate?

Bonus question to consider…

Question 4:

-Barriers can exist in learning environments, through interactions, and in the words we use. How do we protect and value the diverse tapestry of learner characteristics across contexts?

Your Two Facilitators for the Evening

Please join Alexis from Boston Child Study Center and Ron from OCALI and all the Universal Design for Learning Team for 60 minutes of learning in 30 minutes. This Chat has participants from all over the world and all learners are welcome.

What's this #UDLchat all about?

#UDLchat is a bi-monthly Twitter chat focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). We are a virtual community of practitioners, enthusiasts, and evangelists eager to discuss resources, successes, and challenges in implementing UDL in a wide variety of environments and contexts.

Join us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 9-9:30pm ET / 6-6:30pm PT for a rapid-fire learning-focused chat, and build your PLN!

#UDLchat Team

Mindy Johnson @min_d_j

Elizabeth Stein @ElizabethLStein

Ron Rogers @Ronbrogers

Barb Gentille Green @BGentilleGreen

Bryan Dean @drrevdean

Kimberly Coy @digitallearnudl

Joni Degner @DegnerJoni

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