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Universal Design for Learning for Library Staff: Inquiry-Based, Active, Remote Learning Using UDL

As library staff look ahead to summer 2021, they are beginning to consider how they will adapt summer reading plans to reach as many patrons as possible, whether virtual or in-person. Library staff have found themselves in a sea of tools and resources to facilitate virtual programming during the COVID-19 crisis to simulate the in-person environment, with each tool and resource producing a different result.

One methodology, if implemented properly, has the capacity to not only create inquiry-based, active, remote teaching and learning experiences, but also impact the in-person format. This methodology is called the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL focuses on providing patrons choice and agency while addressing their individual needs. This methodology supports self-regulation, improves engagement, and provides multiple means of expression.

Facilitators from Infiniscope and the STAR Library Network are pleased to discuss UDL with library staff and find ways that library staff can implement this methodology in their own library or online

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