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).

The deadline has passed for the Spring 2014 UDL PLC applications

However, you can still register for an interactive Introductory Workshop about Universal Design for Learning on February 21, 2014.

What is the UDL-PDN at Towson University?

The Office of Academic Innovation is seeking faculty members interested in joining our expanding UDL Professional Development Network (UDL-PDN) during the Spring 2014 semester as members of professional learning communities (PLCs).

PLC members will work 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. Each PLC will be led by a coach with a background in UDL and PLC facilitation.

Spring 2014 PLC members will be interested in expanding their knowledge of UDL by working in a collaborative team and willing to use new learning by creating course materials that apply the UDL framework.

Benefits of Participation

PLC members will receive:

  • Monthly interactive professional development sessions on UDL
  • Access to free materials that support flexible curriculum design
  • A $500 stipend (paid in Summer 2014 and contingent about completion of course materials that apply the UDL framework)


Contact Dr. Liz Berquist.

Office of Academic Innovation
Cook Library Room 405
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Phone: 410-704-2005




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







Key Dates  

January 31, 2014 - Applications are due

February 7, 2014 - Applicants notified

Spring 2014 - Professional Development Community Members meet monthly






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