Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational approach based on the learning sciences with three primary principles:
- multiple means of representation of information
- multiple means of student action and expression
- multiple means of student engagement (UDL in Higher Ed, 2017)
UDL is a framework designed to develop educational environments that give all individuals an equal opportunity to learn (CAST, 2012). UDL was formally defined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) as a scientifically validated framework for supporting all learners through flexible curriculum.
UDL encourages faculty to adopt instructional options that challenge advanced learners and provide support for students in the margins.
UDL provides a research-based approach for developing content knowledge, skills and dispositions that employs student-centered practices and inclusiveness.
The UDL-Professional Development Network at Towson University supports professional learning communities for faculty and staff through.
- face-to-face and online professional development
- just-in-time support by UDL mentors
- professional development opportunities
- tool resource sharing
UDL Toolkits and Resources
- MERLOT II Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
Search “UDL” on this website and you’ll find numerous resources for higher education.
- Universal Design for Learning Guidelines 2.0
- UDL Exchange
- UDL on Campus: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
UDL guidelines and resources specifically for higher education.
TU UDL Professional Learning Community
- Faculty Testimonial (Video)