Useful CAST WebsitesCAST is committed to providing open access resources to our educator community. Please take a look at the following resources that may deepen your knowledge, excite your curiosity, inspire you to change, and connect you to like-minded professionals.
CAST is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.
CAST Professional Publishing
CAST Professional Publishing aims to create, nurture, and distribute exceptional media products that inspire and inform educational research, instructional practice, and policy making for the betterment of all.
Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice
At the beginning of 2014, CAST released our newest book: Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, which is the first significant new statement on UDL since 2002. This new book is an ambitious, engaging exploration of ideas and best practices that provides the growing UDL field with an essential and authoritative learning resource for the coming year. What’s great is that you can access the whole book online for free! So register today to receive full access to the book as well as all of the images, tips and videos that accompany it. You can also purchase your own color or black and white version through Amazon.
The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula. However, to fully understand these Guidelines one must first understand what UDL is.
The UDL Guidelines are organized according to the three main principles of UDL that address representation, expression, and engagement. For each of these areas, specific “Checkpoints” for options are highlighted, followed by examples of practical suggestions.
UDL Exchange is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles.
UDL On Campus
UDL On Campus is a collection of resources developed by CAST geared towards multiple stakeholders within post-secondary institutions including instructional designers, faculty, policy makers, and administrators. On the site there is information and resources around 5 key areas: assessment, media and technology selection, improving instructional policies and practices, planning courses, and teaching approaches.