Universal Design for Learning

Making courses accessible for all learners

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods, and assessments with the diversity of learners in mind. It is based on the following three principles that makes learning accessible for all learners. 

  1. Provide multiple means of representation.
  2. Provide multiple means of engagement.
  3. Provide multiple means of action and expression.

Adapted from UDL on Campus (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Rather than designing for average, design to the edges to reach all learners (Rose, 2013). Below are some helpful websites with resources for getting started. 

Resource

Description

UDL on Campus: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

 

UDL in Higher Ed

 

CAST- About UDL

 

The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDx Sonoma County (2013)

 

Accessible Syllabus

Resource from Tulane University for creating accessible images, text, rhetoric, and policy

amara

Platform for subtitling video

Universal Design Ideas

Tips and strategies for using UDL in various classroom settings

Universal Design for Learning: theory and practice

Free book on UDL, tools to learn about applying UDL and for evaluating curriculum for Universal Design principles

Office of Disability Services

Contact for more information about making classes more accessible for all students