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In researching Diversity and Accessibility I came across a book review by Stephanie L. Moore, on David H. Rose and Anne Meyer’s book Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning. What was specifically interesting was her argument that the focus of UDL is solely on the learning materials, strategies, and sometimes environments (classrooms and buildings), yet fails to focus on what she states to be “systematic-level barriers to performance”. Things that need to change in order for learning environments to achieve “universally-designed environments.” She discusses the idea that “if we pit a good idea against a bad system, the system will win every time.”
In the next five years technology will change the way school systems operate and the role of teachers will change to facilitators. As we see the rapid advancement in technology and all the many instructional design and performance improvements, how do we address the failures within education, government and business?
Moore, S. (2007). David H. Rose, Anne Meyer, Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning. In, Educational Technology Research & Development (pp. 521-525). Springer Science & Business Media B.V. doi:10.1007/s11423-007-9056-3