Universal Design for Learning

Overview/Purpose

In this learning module, you will spend time learning about the concept of universal design for learning (UDL). This is such a timely concept since it addresses how as educators we must recognize that all learners are different and therefore we need to design a variety of activities in our classrooms.

Why:

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. As instructors, it is important to understand this as we design our courses.

If you complete all activities, it will take approximately 1 hour.

Target Course Competencies

Discover the importance of using concepts from UDL (universal design for learning) to support all learners in your course.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what universal design for learning is
  • Understand the importance of addressing the needs of all learners.
  • Explore several teaching resources available to incorporate universal design for learning concepts into your course.

Learning Activities

  1. Review competency and learning objectives.

Competency:

Discover the importance of using concepts from UDL (universal design for learning) to support all learners in your course.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what universal design for learning is
  • Understand the importance of addressing the needs of all learners.
  • Explore several teaching resources available to incorporate universal design for learning concepts into your course.
  1. READ the information about UDL (universal design for learning) by clicking on the titles below. Why:  Universal Design for Learning is an important design concept to ensure your courses meet the varied needs of our students. It will help you define UDL, as well as get a basic understanding of its importance when designing your course. Reading these three topics, will take approximately 15 minutes.

Learning Materials

  1. Watch the video: UDL at a Glance (4.5 Minutes)
    This video is from CAST, a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. This video illustrates the three principles of Universal Design for Learning.

Learning Materials

  1. View infographic on universal design for learning (UDL).
    This infographic presents the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), along with a variety of online resources to assist educators in implementing UDL in the classroom.

Learning Materials

  1. Watch the video: Variability Matters (10 Minutes)
    This is a 10 minute video that explains that there are many different types of learners, therefore variability matters. The first 8 minutes really helps frame why designing for many different learners is very important.

Learning Materials

  1. Explore the UDL Exchange.
    This is a tool you can use to create, organize, and share ideas and materials into your learning environment. Start by watching the 1 minute video.
    NOTE: You will have to create a free account.

Learning Materials

  1. Listen to a podcast about Universal Design. (55 minutes)
    The podcast is “Copyright and Universal Design for Learning.” You can listen to all 55 minutes or start at 24.30. This is a very easy to understand explanation of what UDL is and provides you with some easy to use ideas for your class.

Learning Materials