Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that outlines teaching and learning with the intention of removing barriers to learning. The guidelines for implementing UDL are based on scientific study of how people learn and are grounded in principles of inclusive pedagogy. For more information on UDL, click on the titles below.
The three guiding principles of UDL include (CAST, 2021):
Putting the UDL guidelines into effect involves the following:
|Implementing UDL in the Classroom|
Implementing UDL in the classroom does not need to be complicated. Below, you will find a list of suggestions for applying Universal Design principles to text, multimedia, and web conferences. The suggestions also align with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) for Public Sector organizations.
Multimedia (Images, Video, and Audio)
To discuss some of the ways to apply principles of UDL in your course or for additional UDL resources, reach out to one of the Teaching Commons’ Instructional Developers or Instructional Designers through our Contact Us page.
For more information, resources, and support on implementing UDL in the classroom:
- CAST UDL on Campus Media and Materials webpage
- Student Accessibility Services Faculty and Staff Accessibility Resources.
- Ontario’s Universities Accessible Campus Educator’s Accessibility Toolkit.
- Universal Design for Learning Inspiring Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)
CAST (2021). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.2. http://udlguidelines.cast.org