Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunites to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone -- not a single, 'one size fits all' solution, but rather, flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Three Principles of UDL

Principle 1: provide multiple means of representation (the 'what' of learning)

  • Present information using multiple media varied supports
  • Powerpoints, hands-on activities and verbal instruction

Principle 2: provide multiple means of action and expression (the 'how' of learning)

  • Give students options to expressing what they know (i.e., presentation, video, written paper, exam, project)
  • Provide models, feedback and support

Principle 3: provide multiple means of engagement (the 'why' of learning)

  • Give students choices to fuel interest
  • Help risk mistakes and learn from them

Course Design

Scenario - "Write a paragraph about how the circulatory system works."

UDL solution - "Describe a complete circulatory system cycle."

Can be done several ways:

  1. Create a diagram
  2. Label images
  3. Write out each of the steps
  4. Make a short video explaining the process

Allows student to demonstrate understanding in multiple ways and increases engagement.

Media and materials

Use videos, audio, images and text to present information

Create accessible open education resources such as Khan Academy.