A Tutorial on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL: Principles and Practice

  • Aims to create physical environments and tools that are usable by as many learners as possible
  • Based on the idea that educators need to fix curricula rather than learners
  • Goal is to produce a mastery of the learning process (create expert learners)
  • Focuses on eliminating learning barriers (inflexible curricula) without eliminating rigor

UDL Guidelines


Provide Multiple Means of Representation


Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression


Provide Multiple Means of Engagement

1. Multiple Means of Representation

  • Provide the same information through multiple modalities (vision, hearing, touch)
  • Provide information in a format that can be adjusted by the learner (text enlarged, sound amplified, rate slowed)
Options for Perception

Alternatives for Auditory Information:

  • Visuals
  • Captions for videos
  • ASL

Alternatives for Visual Information:

  • Descriptions
  • Manipulatives
  • Text-to-speech software
Multiple Means of Representation

Options for Language, Mathematical Expression, and Symbols:

  • Preteach with vocabulary
  • Embed vocabulary support within lesson (glossary, hyperlink, etc)

Options for Comprehension:

2. Multiple Means of Action and Expression

  • Provide materials with which all learners can interact
  • Provide multiple means of expression in order to level the learning field and allow all learners to show what they know

Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Options for Physical Action

  • Provide flexibility in requirements of speed
  • Provide options for interacting with materials by voice or hand
  • Provide keyboard commands for any mouse actions

Options for Expression and Communication

  • Provide physical manipulatives (blocks, models, etc.)
  •  Provide opportunities to solve problems using different strategies
  • Provide access to contemporary tools (calculators, spell check, web applications) that match the task

Options for Executive Functions

  • Provide scaffolds for lower level skills
  • Post goals in an obvious place
  • Provide models of goal setting

Multiple Means of Engagement

  • Learners are motivated in different ways
  • There is no single way to engage all students, therefore multiple means should be used

Multiple Means of Engagement

Options for Recruiting Interest

  • Provide academic choices
  • Provide an authentic audiance for work

Options for Sustaining Effort:

  • Vary demands and/or resources to make the most of challenges
  • Develop a sense of collaboration

Options for Self-regulation

  • Provide motivating expectations
  • Provide opportunities for self-assessment and reflection 

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UDL Tutorial

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Public - 9/25/16, 8:09 PM