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

 

 

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