From Affect to Effect - Why emotional design is at the core of Universal Design for Learning

David Rose


To meet the challenge of higher standards for learning with a population of students that is increasingly diverse requires much more powerful tools and techniques than we commonly provide for teachers. Whether those tools are successful -- for the full spectrum of students -- will require that they are designed from the outset with variability in mind. For that reason, the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are being increasingly adopted as a foundation for more inclusive practices in teaching and technology development. As UDL-informed practices reduce traditional sensory, physical, and cognitive barriers, the importance of emotional barriers (and supports) become more evident and urgent. This talk will focus on recent advances in both learning sciences and learning technologies as they inform us about how to leverage emotion for learning.