Universal Design

Why Use UDL?

Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to examine and design or redesign a course can be a powerful way to support student achievement and inclusion. Designing a course to accommodate a wider variety of needs from the outset may eliminate learning barriers and facilitate learning in multiple ways for all students. Providing students with multiple means of perceiving, engaging with, and expressing ideas and skills related to course material facilitates learning for all students.

For example, consider turning on closed captions on videos. This can help students for whom English is an additional language, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and students who process written language more easily than spoken language.

Learn more about UDL and how to apply it.

Selected Resources

CAST (2018). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.2.

Meyer, A. (Ed.). (2006). A practical reader in universal design for learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Universal design of instruction in postsecondary education | do-it. (2019).