Advanced Organizer Document

Advance Organizer

What is it?

An advance organizer can be used by student to organize and interpret new information.

What are the benefits?

Advance Organizers help guide students through their learning prep prior to attending a lab or class. Alternately, it can be used as a supplemental resource to a lab, textbook, or website. It helps to bridge the gap between what the learner already knows and what he or she needs to know.

What UDL principle does it meet?

Multiple Means of Engagement

Examples and Resources:

Sample Advance Organizer created by Sandy Odrowski, C.A.F.E.

Sample Advance Organizer created by Jacqueline Towell, C.A.F.E.

Sample Advance Organizer for a lab course created by Dana Chorney, Durham College

Types and benefits of Advance Organizers by LEARNet


Graphic Organizer

Graphic Organizer

What is it?

Help learners organize ideas and communicate more effectively. Can use to structure writing projects, to help in problem solving, decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming.

What are the benefits?

Great way to help students generate non-linguistic, spatial, or colourful representation of a topic.

What UDL principle does it meet?

All 3!

Examples and Resources:

Sample Graphic Organizer created by Sandy Odrowski, C.A.F.E.

Sample Mindmap created by Jacqueline Towell, C.A.F.E.

Chart with links to 20 different types (story map, timeline, concept map) of organizers by ThinkPort

Spider Graphic Organizer

Cornell Note Taking Graphic Organizer