What is UDL?
These short videos provide 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.
The Connections Seminar series and the annual Learning and Teaching Forum provide platforms for UNSW staff to explore different aspects of learning and teaching, share ideas and get feedback on practice and research.
These recordings and presentations related to assessment can be found on the respective Moodle course sites (self-enrolment key provided)
- 2019 Learning and Teaching Forum on 26 November 2019: Universal Design for Learning in Tertiary Education: Best Practices from the Literature, presented by Associate Professor Terry Cumming, School of Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (self-enrolment key: lntforum).
- Connections Seminar on 2 April 2019: 10 ideas from Universal Design for Learning to improve educational equity, presented by Dr Sue O’Neil, Senior Lecturer in Special Education, School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (self-enrolment key: unswconnections)
- 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