Personal Learning Backpack: Empower Learners using the UDL Lens

by Kathleen McClaskey

Part 2 of the 3 Part Series on Using the UDL Lens of Access, Engage, and Express

Once a learner has indicated their strengths, challenges, and interests along with their preferences and needs in the Learner Profile (LP), then the teacher can work with the learner to develop a Personal Learning Backpack (PLB).

The UDL Lens: Access, Engage, and Express

The PLB using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens is for all learners. It is about teachers understanding how learners access information, engage with content, and express what they know and understand. This lens is also for the learner to understand how they learn best. It validates the learner and prompts conversations about their learning between the teacher and learner. To understand this process and how tools, resources, strategies and skills can support learning, we created this table as prompts to use for the learner to apply access, engage, and express...Read the full article here.


As part of the Education Innovation Research Network Catalyst Series Events, Kathleen McClaskey will be presenting on personalization and universal design for learning on May 31, 2017 and June 1, 2017. To learn more about the events and to register, click here. 

About Kathleen McClaskey 
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. She is an innovative leader, education technologist, keynoter, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. She is passionate in empowering learners with tools, skills and learning strategies so they become independent self-directed learners who are future ready for college, career and life. Kathleen continues on her mission for educators to discover the learner in every child and to level the playing field for all learners. She has a M.Ed. from Lesley University and has been an adjunct graduate instructor for Plymouth State University the last 15 years.