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

TU UDL Professional Learning Community