Universal Design for Learning

What is Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a theory of learning and teaching based on neuroanatomy and functional neuroimaging research techniques. UDL resists a one-size-fits-all approach to education, and posits instead that teachers, educators, and materials should effectively respond to the individual differences inherent within a learning environment.

Across learning goals, methods, materials, and assessments, Universal Design for Learning encourages offering:

Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,

Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, and

Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn.

Using UDL principles in the classroom removes the obstacles to curriculum access and provides students with alternative methods to demonstrate what they know. It acknowledges that there is more that one way to learn and respects individual learning style differences.

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