Universal Design for Learning (UDL) doesn’t have to be mind-boggling. Today’s guest is international UDL expert Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. She talks about what we need to know and also the common mistakes educators make when starting to use UDL.
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Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized educational consultant in the area of Universal Design for Learning and is the podcast host of UDL in 15 Minutes (www.theudlapproach.com/media) , heard by educators in over 25 countries. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with CAST and Boston College and continues supporting CAST as a member of their Cadre. She wrote the best-selling book Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning (https://products.brookespublishing.com/Design-and-Deliver-P714.aspx) which was based on her work as the UDL Coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana from 2007 – 2012.
Since then, she has provided long-term training and workshops across the US and in nine countries including Singapore, Japan, and Belgium. Other publications include a co-authored a chapter for the book Research-based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability (https://www.crcpress.com/Handbook-of-Research-Based-Practices-for-Educating-Students-with-Intellectual/Wehmeyer-Shogren/p/book/9781138832107) titled “The role of technology in implementing universal design for learning” and a co-authored book titled, Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach (http://castpublishing.org/books-media/culturally-responsive-design-english-learners/).
Her third book about UDL, A Tree for All: Your Coloring Book of UDL Principles and Practice, will be available through CAST Publishing (http://castpublishing.org/) soon. Loui received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and is a former special education teacher. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and enjoys running, reading, and traveling.