Principle III: Multiple Means of Engagement
A curriculum that is universally designed provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways that students are engaged. The three principles of UDL provide the framework for creating this flexibility in curriculum design.
Affect represents a crucial element to learning, and learners differ markedly in the ways in which they can be engaged or motivated to learn. Some learners are highly engaged by spontaneity and novelty while other are disengaged, even frightened, by those aspects, preferring strict routine. Some learners might like to work alone, while others prefer to work with their peers. In reality, there is not one means of engagement that will be optimal for all learners in all contexts; providing multiple options for engagement is essential.
Select this link if you would like to refresh your memory on what the affective networks do and how they help us learn.
Let’s examine UDL Principle III. Select the link to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning to read an explanation of the guidelines for multiple means of engagement.
As you look closer look at Principle III, Guidelines 7, 8, and 9, think how you could apply the various suggestions of how to incorporate this principle into your classroom instruction. Also, take a look at the research that supports the checkpoint.