What is UDL?
This short video provides an excellent introduction to what UDL is and why we should use it. The video emphasises the need for us to provide our learners with variability. “When it comes to learning, variability is the rule not the exception.”
UDL’s 3 Principles
UDL is a framework for instruction based on three principles that guides the design and development of curriculum that can accommodate individual learning differences. These principles are based on providing multiple means of
- Representation - giving learners different ways of acquiring information, knowledge and skills
- Action and Expression - encouraging students to use different ways of demonstrating what they know
- Engagement - tapping into learners' interests, challenging and motivating them to learn (Rose & Meyer, 2002).
UDL guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods, and assessment with the diversity of learners in mind. UDL emphasises equal access to curriculum by all students.
References and Resources
- CAST (2008) Universal design for learning guidelines - http://www.cast.org/
- Hall, T.E., Meyer, A., & Rose, D.H. (2012) (Eds.). Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications. New York: Guilford Press.
- National Center On Universal Design for Learning - http://www.udlcenter.org/
- Rose, D.H., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning Alexandria. Virginia: Advancing Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Leading.
- UDL Guidelines - http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines/downloads
- UDL Guidelines Infographic - http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/updateguidelines2_0.pdf
- UDL On Campus - http://udloncampus.cast.org/home#.WZ5CtpMjHUI