Office of Academic Innovation

Universal Design for Learning - Professional Development Network

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs (CAST, 2012).


What is the UDL-PDN at Towson University?

The Office of Academic Innovation sponsors the UDL Professional Development Network (UDL-PDN). UDL-PDN is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary project that brings faculty together in professional learning communities (PLCs) for exploring the UDL guidelines and principles and applying them to their own teaching. PLC members work together in small groups to explore advances in the learning sciences and flexible curricular materials in order to develop a deep understanding of UDL and its application to instruction in higher education.

There are currently 5 PLCS that engage a total of 50 faculty drawn from all 6 colleges at Towson University. PLCs are led by trained Towson faculty coaches who meet regularly with their PLCs throughout the academic year to share and discuss information about UDL and create modifications or new components for their courses. These components run the gamut from revisions of course syllabi, readings, activities, quizzes and exams, to more complex multimedia objects that can be used in face-to-face courses, blended courses, and fully online. In short, the possibilities are endless!

UDL Presentations


UDL Professional Learning Community:
Faculty Testimonial
UDL Summer Institute:
Dr. David Rose
UDL Immersion Experience:
Dr. Katie Novak

UDL Variability in Emotion & Learning: Samantha G. Daley


Benefits of Participation

  • Monthly interactive professional development sessions on UDL
  • Access to free materials that support flexible curriculum design
  • Access to instructional design support from the Office of Academic Innovation
  • Sharing opportunities, such as the UDL Summer Institute and the January Conference
  • A $500 stipend


Contact Dr. Liz Berquist.

Office of Academic Innovation
Cook Library Room 405
Phone: 410-704-2005




Program facilitator Dr. Liz Berquist discusses the  UDL Professional Learning Communities (YouTube with captions available).










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