What is UDL?
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum design that fosters an inclusive learning environment. Minimizing barriers to learning reduces the need for individual accommodations and helps to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. Providing multiple pathways to achieve course outcomes motivates and engages students with different learning styles, needs, and abilities.
UDL is a research-informed approach based on current scientific understanding of how people learn. Rather than a prescribed set of steps and procedures, it is a mindset that proactively considers how to optimize the learning experience by supporting the needs of diverse students. A universally designed course integrates multiple means of representation (how content is delivered), action and expression (how students demonstrate their knowledge), and engagement (how students participate).
Learn more about UDL by checking out the following resources:
- National Center on Universal Design for Learning
- UDL in Postsecondary Education: Reflections on Principles and Their Application (Rose et. al. 2006)
What services do you offer?
- Consultations are one-on-one or small-group meetings in which we explore specific issues, challenges, or questions related to UDL implementation or best practices. Typically, an initial consultation ranges from 45 minutes to 90 minutes in length, depending on the complexity of the issues being discussed.
- On-demand Trainings provide hands-on opportunities to engage with UDL principles and best practices. Our one-hour Introduction to UDL trainings provide foundational knowledge, models best practices, and offers implementation tips in an engaging, interactive session that is appropriate for any audience. Upon request, we will develop a custom workshop to address specific audiences, topics, needs, or challenges.
How can I request a service?
OIT staff are available to provide on-demand training and support for individuals, departments, or groups. Any of our offerings can be tailored to address issues specific to instructors, courses, programs, and/or disciplines.