Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational approach based on the learning sciences with three primary principles—
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
Guidi, T., Holmes, C., Pasko, M., Pelatti, C., Zaks, Z., & Zmoda, M. (2015, June).
Faculty-friendly ideas and strategies for implementing UDL. [Brochure]. Towson, MD: Authors.
Inspired by: CAST. (2011). Universal Design for Learning guidelines version 2.0. Wakefield, MA: Author.
UDL guidelines and resources specifically for higher education.