Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a curriculum designed approach to increase flexibility in teaching and decrease the barriers that frequently limit student access to materials and learning in classrooms
Principles of the Universal Design for Learning Framework
Principle 1: To support recognition learning, provide multiple, flexiblemethods of presentation
Principle 2: To support strategic learning, provide multiple, flexiblemethods of expression and apprenticeship.
Principle 3: To support affective learning, provide multiple, flexible options for engagement.
Network-Appropriate Teaching Methods
To support diverse recognition networks:
Provide multiple examples
Highlight critical features
Provide multiple media and formats
Support background context
To support diverse strategic networks:
Provide flexible models of skilled performance
Provide opportunities to practice with supports
Provide ongoing, relevant feedback
Offer flexible opportunities for demonstrating skill
To support diverse affective networks:
Offer choices of context and tools
Offer adjustable levels of challenge
Offer choices of learning context
Offer choices of rewards
UDL Teaching Method
Visit the CAST web site. The CAST web site devotes a large section to Universal Design for Learning. Here visitors will find an articulation of UDL, discussions of its core concepts, descriptions of UDL research projects, a listing of tools and resources that support UDL, and ideas and examples for implementing UDL.
Inventory and build technology support. Technology, in particular digital media, makes UDL implementation practical and achievable in a diverse classroom. Digital materials make it possible for the same material to be flexibly presented and accessed—even adapted on a student-to-student basis.
(a) Set Goals, (b) Analyze Status, (c) Apply UDL, and (d) Teach the UDL Lesson.