Universal Design for Learning


When we teach students, barriers sometimes become apparent that impede the learning process. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that looks to help all learners by removing those barriers that might become present in the classroom. UDL is based on three sets of guidelines:

  1. Engagement: The WHY of Learning
  2. Representation: The WHAT of Learning
  3. Action & Expression: The HOW of Learning

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These three guidelines promote the presentation of content in multiple forms, providing engagement with variety, and allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge using multiple methods. For example, instead of always assessing students through written assignments, allow them to demonstrate their knowledge of the content through a video presentation or a short podcast discussing the content.

Why Use UDL in the Classroom?

  • Promotes an inclusive learning environment
  • Incorporates diversity into standardized curriculum
  • Increases engagement, while minimizing barriers

Want to Know More About Universal Design for Learning?

UDL may be something you are familiar with or it may be something completely new to you. If you would like to talk with someone who could help you incorporate the guidelines of UDL in your classroom, schedule a consultation with one of CTE’s Instructional Designers today!

We have also collected several books and links below that might interest you, as well.

Books on UDL to Check Out:

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