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Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Brain Research

UDL is an educational approach to teaching, learning and assessment drawing on new brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual learner differences.

Brain Research Issues

  • "How does the brain work during learning?
  • Under what conditions do we learn best?
  • Why do some people learn differently from others?
  • Is everyone's brain built the same way?"

Source: CAST

The Three Systems for Learning

Recent brain research has identified three major ways that individuals learn.  Teaching must therefore fit those different learning snetworks.

  1. Recognition networks - identify & interpret patterns of sound, light, taste, smell, and touch. For more, click here.
  2. Strategic networks – plan, execute, & monitor internally generated mental & motor actions & skills. For more, click here.
  3. Affective networks – interact with the world influenced by state of emotions, mood, interest, personality, motivations, memory, & biological state. For more, click here.

Read, watch and do activities to understand more about recent brain research, click here.

The Best Resources List for Brain Research

Homer Simpson MRI

The puzzling case below defies Recent Brain Research, click this link for the "real" story.

Homer Simpson MRI

This image is ubiquitous on the internet, and no original source for copyright could be determined.