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Screen shot of page 9 of the Tortoise and the Hare UDL Book
The Tortoise and the Hare

The book that you are about to read is an experiment by the designers of the Universal Design for Learning Principles. The book was created with pedagogical agents (Moreno & Mayer, 2007) to help guide a reader's comprehension. You will notice at the bottom of the book, there are three characters (pedagogical agents), Dara, Buddy and Mira, who, when clicked, offer guidance to foster cognitive processing. Their statement and question prompts are an example of the Guiding Activity principle described by Moreno and Mayer. You will also see another character Terry, who was designed to guide the teacher's thinking about Universal Design Principles and reading; this character resides near the top right hand corner of the book. The book can be read or listened to and the reader can control the pacing of the story with the navigation buttons.


  • 1.) Read and/or listen to the book - click here to get to the book -
  • 2.) On each page, interact with the pedagogical agents (if you do not see them, your screen is too small so scroll down)
  • 3.) Choose 1 to 5 book pages and type in a response in the appropriate section of the book page (see my example above). These responses correspond to one of the question or statement prompts of one of the pedagogical agents.
  • 4.) Take a screen shot of the book page(s) after you have responded and place the file in your Dropbox folder
  • 5.) Respond to the writing prompt in the discussion board below regarding extraneous processing.
  • 6.) Use this rubric to guide your work and make sure you share this rubric with me by putting it in your Dropbox folder.
  • 7.) Use this citation in your response if (Moreno & Mayer, 2007, p. 314). You can only include a p. # if you have a direct quote.
  • 8.) When you are done with these tasks, close this new tab in your web browser and return to Step #3, Types of Interactivity in Multimodal Leaning Environments

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Extraneous Processing ChristopherTShively ChristopherTShively 12 1843 Dec 12, 2014 by JYMBarrett JYMBarrett