UDL Guidelines

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators provide a framework for understanding how to create curricula that meets the needs of all learners from the start.

The UDL Guidelines can assist anyone who teaches a course or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to meet the needs of all learners from the start by:

  • Reducing barriers 
  • Optimizing levels of challenge and support
  • Helping educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula

The Three Primary Principles Provide:

  • Multiple Means of Representation
    • Perception
    • Language, Expressions, and Symbolds
    • Comprehension
  • Multiple Means of Action and Expression
    • Physical Action
    • Expression and Communication
    • Executive Function
  • Multiple Means of Engagement
    • Recruiting Interest
    • Sustaining Effor and Persistance 
    • Self-Regulation

CAST (2011). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0. Wakefield, MA: Author.