Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)


UDL refers to a set of principles for curriculum design that aims to give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. The framework helps instructors capitalize on the variety of skills, needs, and interests that students bring into the classroom.

Its principles promote flexibility, helping instructors reach learners who are “in the margins,” such as learners who are gifted and talented or have disabilities, as well as average students, who may not have their learning needs met due to poor curricular design.

Principles of UDL include:

Principle I: Provide Multiple Means of Representation of Information

A variety of course materials beyond text make information more accessible and increase engagement. Consider YouTube videos, blogs, slide presentations, accessible and downloadable PDFs, and web sites that feature real-world applications of content.

Principle II: Provide Multiple Means of Student Action and Expression 

Give students options for expressing what they know. Consider allowing students the opportunities to recording a video or writing a paper with solution to a problem and an explanation of your thought process.

Principle III: Provide Multiple Means of Student Engagement

Use digital media and real-world cases to help students engage with course material


UDL on Campus provides examples and guides for applying UDL principles

National Center on Universal Design for Learning is an extensive site with definitions, resources, and opportunities to connect with other educators.

Applications of Universal Design in Post-Secondary Education


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