UDL is a tool that acknowledges there is no one "standard" type of learner. The UDL framework engages with the why, what, and how of learning. It helps design for learner variability, and can help improve public talks for all audience members. It is about designing for a goal.

When you are envisioning your event: 

Consider your goal. What is the key insight you hope your audience members to glean from your Q+A? This will help guide you through planning how you’d like to structure the event, and through the process of using the UDL guidelines. (click the image to get to the full CAST website for the UDL guidelines). 

Some ways the guidelines connect to Q+A's/talks   

  • Engagement:

    • If folks are at the event, they are most likely already interested and engaged at a base-line, as they have opted in. The focus here is on self-regulation and helping provide expectations and reflective moments within the lecture

  • Representation:

    • Finding multiple means of perception, Language and Symbols, and comprehension is key in a setting in which questions are being asked of folks

  • Action and expression

    • Physical action in considering breaks, technology, etc, expression and communication (using multimedia, etc.)