Focus: Inclusive Education (Programming for Student Success)

Multiple Means of Engagement

Presenters: David Rose and Grace Meo

Affect represents a crucial element to learning, and learners differ markedly in the ways in which they can be engaged or motivated to learn. There are a variety of sources that can influence individual variation in affect including neurology, culture, personal relevance, subjectivity, and background knowledge, along with a variety of other factors. Some learners are highly engaged by spontaneity and novelty while other are disengaged, even frightened, by those aspects, preferring strict routine. Some learners might like to work alone, while others prefer to work with their peers. In reality, there is not one means of engagement that will be optimal for all learners in all contexts; providing multiple options for engagement is essential. National Center on Universal Design for Learning – Principle III

The videos and supporting resources on this page are from the Alberta UDL Summer Institute 2011 and relate to the principle of multiple means of engagement.

Affective Brain and Engaging Learners – David Rose

“Learning is not the hard part, engagement is.” David Rose introduces the concept of “Affective Networks” and why teachers need summer vacation.

Length: 9:15

This resource was developed under the leadership of ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.