Universal Design for Learning


The term “universal design” means a concept or philosophy for designing and delivering products and services that are usable by people with the widest possible range of functional capabilities, which include products and services that are directly usable (without requiring assistive technologies) and products and services that are made usable with assistive technologies. (U.S.C. § 3002)

Guiding principles for use of technology:

Universal design for learning can add functionality to the practice of "response to intervention." Free technology can be integrated into all classrooms thereby providing universal interventions or precautions for all students. More information on RTI and Progress monitoring.

CAST(www.cast.org) research, papers, UDL tools and software
National Center on UDL www.udlcenter.org/ Description of the UDL guidelines and ways to put it into practice.
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UDL Guidelines UDL guidelines with links to examples sites.google.com/site/udlguidelinesexamples/home
UDL Technology - Wikispaces presentation with additional information and links.
UDL Wheel UDL guidelines and checkpoints in an interactive format http://udlwheel.mdonlinegrants.org/
UDL in Action UDL Editions udleditions.cast.org/ Applications of UDL in Reading - multiple supports for presentation, engagement and expression.

Universal Design for Learning calls for ...

  • Multiple means of representation (to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge).
  • Multiple means of expression (to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know).
  • Multiple means of engagement (to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation).

Universal Design in Action - Example Projects

UDL Editions udleditions.cast.org/ Applications of UDL in Reading - multiple supports for presentation, engagement and expression.
BookBuilder bookbuilder.cast.org/ Create your own books with support and audio
Science Writer sciencewriter.cast.org/welcome Helping students create reports in science
Strategy Tutor cst.cast.org/cst/auth-login Step by step approach to researching a topic and writing a report

Those of you who wish to examine the theoretical base, principles, and philosophy underlying Universal Design for Learning should read:

Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning, Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Available online (free digital version) at http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/, or by purchasing the print version from www.ascd.org.