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Universal Design in Learning encourages faculty to consider how they present their course materials as well as how they provide varius ways for students to interact with the materail and express what they have learned.

Guidelines to Implement Universal Design in Learning

What are the guidelines to implementing the UDL principle?

UDL refers to the process of making course concepts and skills attainable regardless of differing learning styles, physical, sensory, organizational, and linguistic abilities and is often described with a set of principles to guide their use. These include:

  1. be accessible and fair;
  2. provide flexibility in use, participation, and presentation;
  3. be straightforward and consistent;
  4. present information explicitly to be readily perceived;
  5. provide a supportive learning environment;
  6. minimize unnecessary physical effort or requirements; and
  7. ensure a learning space that accommodates both students and instructional methods

To the extent that it is possible, UDL is a preferred first line of attack to accommodate diverse learners. It allows the learning process to be more accessible without labeling or serving students differently. UDL should not water down academic standards. Doing so would undermine its purpose. Skills essential to the purpose of the course must be preserved so that students will be competent.

In summary, universal design for learning:
Allows all students to more easily learn course concepts and
information by:

  1. delivering course information in a customizable format
  2. removing barriers to information access
  3. providing flexibility without watering down the curriculum

Useful Resources:

EnACT offers resources for faulty that support their understanding and implementation of UDL at the post secondary level

CAST offers opportunities and resources to help educators meet the challenge of teaching diverse learners using the UDL principle.

Last Modified 11/10/10