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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.

Universal Design in Learning Principle

What is Universal Design in Learning?
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enables all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.

How does it work?
The central practical premise of UDL is that a curriculum should include accessible and appropriate alternatives for individuals with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities, and disabilities in widely varied learning contexts.

The "universal" in universal design does not imply one optimal solution for everyone. Rather it reflects an awareness of the unique nature of each learner and the need to accommodate differences and create learning experiences that suit the learner and maximize his or her ability to progress.

UDL improves accessibility for all students rather than just providing individual accommodations for students with disabilities and in some cases, may obviate the need for individual accommodations.

What are the three main premises of the UDL Principle?

1. Provide multiple means of presentation

Present course content in many different formats such as video, audio, and written.

2. Provide multiple means of interaction

Students can interact with the material in ways that best suit their learning style, i.e. lab kits, group work, field trips, interactive tutorials, etc.

3. Provide multiple means of Expression

Students should be encouraged to demonstrate knowledge in different ways i.e. oral, hands on, written, multimedia, etc.

UDL Video, Multiple means of presentation

This video further examines utilization of multiple means of presentation in online instruction.


Video Multiple Means of Interaction

This video provides information about incorporating multiple means of interaction into your online course.


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