Universal Design for Learning (UDL)


The purpose of UDL curricula is to to help students master learning itself—in short, to become expert learners. Expert learners have developed three broad characteristics:

  1. Strategic, skillful and goal directed
  2. Knowledgeable
  3. Purposeful and motivated to learn more

Designing curricula using UDL allows teachers to remove potential barriers that could prevent learners from meeting this important goal.

UDL Components:

  1. Goals
    1. To acknowledge student's variablilities in learning by offering more options and alternatives of learning through the following varied methods using:
      1. Tools
      2. Strategies
      3. Pathways
  2. Methods
    1. Differeniate from using one teaching method (such as evidence-based teaching) by:
      1.  Catering to the student's social and emotional resources
      2. Changing the teaching method based on the task/assignment
      3. Adjusting the climate the climate of the classroom
  3. Materials
  4. Assessment