Principle of Engagement Sustaining Effort and Persistence Criterion 2

Principle of Engagement Sustaining Effort and Persistence Criterion 2


When developing a course using the third principle
of Universal Design for Learning, there are three specific guidelines to assist us. The second, Sustaining Effort and Persistence
addresses maintaining focus and determination. Criterion 2 of this guideline advocates that
we optimize the challenge by varying demands and resources
The kinds of challenges that motivate learners to do their best varies, just like their skills
and abilities. Because of the variances between learners,
we should expect that not all will be motivated or challenged in the same way. When varying the challenges it is important
to offer a flexible range of appropriate resources necessary for learners to succeed in the challenge. This will allow all learners to find challenges
that are motivating. When doing this, it is vital to balance the
resources available to meet each challenge. You should consider:
1. Providing a choice of alternative tools available
to learners 2. Varying the range of acceptable performance
per challenge 3. Offering differing degrees of complexity within
core activities 4. Emphasize development, individual improvement
and effort as standards (as these are self-motivating) instead of external evaluation or competition
(which can be discouraging for some who struggle). By following these suggestions, your course
will assist students communicating and expressing their knowledge, as well as being in line
with the Principle of Engagement in the Theory of Universal Design for Learning.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *