When asked to provide a URL, I first thought of many activities/online courses I've looked at that really lacked good universal design. However, most of those examples are not public URL's so I could not provide them. Obviously, many websites are out there displaying information in a one dimensional form. But in terms of sites used for learning, I immediately thought of the Khan Academy. At first thought, you would think of it as having 'bad UDL' because it is 1)online 2) in video 3) not really a 'class' context. However, I randomly picked a topic in the History section given that is my background and found this: http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/history/v/pattern-of-us-cold-war-interventions
We all know that History is one of those topics that can be presented in really interesting ways or bore us to tears. I was pleasantly surprised by this particular video.
Good -- It is in video form but it is not just a person talking. Instead the focus of the video is the topic, not the presenter. The speaker breaks down the topics in 3 categories and uses color to color code them. Then underneath the categories, the speaker writes more information underneath each as they are talking and uses symbols. Symbol use is pretty good UDL if done in general symbols most will understand and can transcend problems for those who have hearing/reading issues.
Questions can be asked underneath the video and answers can be collaboratively given and rated. This helps listeners get more information when they are done with the video and be able to interact.
Bad -- It is a video. There is no real time interaction -- There is no opportunity to ask questions to get deeper information in real time.
The use of color is great... unless you are color blind and then it does not stand out to you as much in terms of categorizing.
Because the question/answer forum, there is no other opportunity to 'practice' what you have learned. Adding a interactive game or providing the information in another form would enhance this and give the participant a choice.
Ugly -- Not much ugly here. Ugly is listening to a teacher lecture on this same topic with NO words on the board, no color coding, no symbols, no variance in emotion in their speech :-)
Overall, it was much better than I initially thought it would be. The great thing about the Khan Academy is that you can use its strengths in a classroom setting and then add your own curriculum around it (or vice versa) to give a great UDL and solid learning environment.
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