Dr Matt Capp
Workshop: Developing inclusive STEM lesson plans for students on the autism spectrum using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Workshop Video Link
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive approach to providing personalised learning for all students. It differs from Differentiated Instruction (DI) in the sense that it doesn’t wait for students to struggle then retrospective changes are made to the pedagogy, curriculum, or classroom context. DI leads teachers to believe they need to do “30 different things for 30 different students.” UDL involves thinking about the requirements of the approved curriculum and students’ strengths and challenges before beginning the initial lesson planning process. The UDL framework consists of 3 principles, 9 guidelines, and 31 checkpoints. The UDL framework can be used to support students on the autism spectrum to access the STEM curriculum areas. CAPITALISE Education has developed a model for lesson planning by connecting UDL aligned strategies to the approved curriculum and student’s strengths and functional impacts. Throughout the workshop, video participants will be introduced to the CAPITALISE Education model as a means of developing inclusive STEM lesson plans for students on the autism spectrum.
Dr Matt Capp, EdD, is the leading expert on Universal Design for Learning in Australia and across the Asia Pacific Region. He is the Chief Learning Officer at CAPITALISE Education, which specialises in supporting classroom teachers, schools and educational systems to implement the UDL framework. As a man on the autism spectrum, he is also passionate about supporting students with ASD to overcome their barriers to the learning process.