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What is UDL and how can it help you?
Universal Design for Learning or "UDL" was first developed in the 1990s by researchers at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). They define UDL as:
“…a research-based framework for designing curricula – that is educational goals, methods, materials and assessments – that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. This is accomplished by simultaneously providing rich supports for learning and reducing barriers to the curriculum, while maintaining high achievement standards for all students.”
In this website, we will take a look at the research and theory behind UDL, and how UDL principles serve as a framework for designing educational environments that enable all learners to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. UDL does not suggest a single solution for everyone, instead it encourages multiple approaches to meet the varied needs of diverse learners.
On the CAST website there already exists a wealth of information for you to access for assessing your current status of implementation of UDL and tools for applying UDL principles within the field of education. This site will also provide you with some examples of how you can use UDL principles in your classroom.
To get you started, here are several of the key elements of UDL:
A “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching simply does not work; every child – not just the students with disabilities – is different from another. Educators must adjust their curricula to fit their students and not ask their students to adjust to the curricula. It is not enough for students to have access to the classroom and the content available in the classroom; they must also have access to learning in the way that works best for them. Every child can learn and every child has the right to appropriate instruction.
As you explore CAST’s and this website you will gain an understanding that UDL builds upon the best practices of excellent teaching and enhances them so educators can reach every student.
See how UDL guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs.
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Watch the video below to get an overview of UDL.
UDL AT A GLANCE