A framework that embraces variability, removes barriers, and supports ALL students as expert learners through specific strategies that are based on what we know about how we learn.
UDL is standards-based, goal-driven, and requires a paradigm shift in how we as educators approach the design of learning experiences.
What is UDL?
Universal Design for Learning Core Concepts
Embrace Learner Variability
Learner variability is that all individuals are unique in how they learn. Each student brings a different learning style to the classroom or workplace environment.
Variability is the rule, not the exception
Clear Goals with Flexible Means
Flexible means is when teachers provide options on how to access resources and demonstrate learning to reduce barriers. This allows students to select a path to meet the specified learning goals that best fit their unique learning needs.
Remove Barriers to Learning
Barriers to learning need to first be considered as environmental - NOT in the student. Proactively identifying barriers and providing supports allows universal access to instruction.
Types of classroom barriers include space, methods, materials, and assessment.