The Office of Faculty Development

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework, grounded in neuroscience, that embraces learner variability and optimizes teaching. The framework is organized into a series of principles for lesson planning and implementation that when applied, removes barriers and provides access to learning for all. The UDL principles encourage educators to; 

  • Provide Multiple Means of Engagement
  • Provide Multiple Means of Representation
  • Provide Multiple Means of Action & Expression

Each principle includes guidelines and checkpoints that educators can apply to their planning and implementation to maximize access. The UDL framework is not prescriptive, rather the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints are designed to be customized to meet individual needs and can be adjusted as learning and teaching evolve.

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Explore  CAST’s UDL Guidelines webpage!

Explore CAST’S UDL in Higher Education webpage!

Interested in joining the UDL movement in Higher Education? Visit the UDLHE Network(opens in new window) webpage.

Explore and get involved with UDL research! Visit the UDL-IRN(opens in new window) to learn more.

Explore the UDL slides (Google Slide)

Have 15 minutes? Get tips on teaching all learners by listening to UDL in 15 Minutes(opens in new window) by Louie Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.

Stay up to date with research on UDL by listening to the UDL Research in 15 Minutes(opens in new window) podcast by Louie Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.

Learn more about UDL in Higher Education by listening to the Think UDL(opens in new window) podcast.

Watch UDL video overview(opens in new window)

Watch The Myth of Average(opens in new window)

Watch How to Read the UDL Guidelines(opens in new window)

Learn more about the foundations and application of UDL with these quick reads: