Universal Design (UID & UDL)

Universal Design

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for designing curricula—that is, educational goals, methods, materials, and assessments—that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. This is accomplished by simultaneously providing rich supports for learning and reducing barriers to the curriculum, while maintaining high achievement standards for all students.

Introduction to UDL  (video)

UDL Curriculum Toolkit  (retrieved from the Center for Applied Special Technology)

Unisex Design for Learning

Universal Instructional Design

Universal Instructional Design (UID) is a very similar to Universal Design in that it is a set of principles aimed at creating more accessible and inclusive and accessible learning environments. UID is based on seven principles. The Seven Principles of UID describe how instructional materials and activities should:

  • be accessible and fair,
  • be flexible,
  • be straightforward and consistent and
  • be explicit,

and how the learning environment should:

  • be supportive,
  • minimize unnecessary physical effort, and
  • accommodate students and multiple teaching methods.


Universal Instructional Design (Jim Bryson) 2013 (mp4 file)

 Engaging the Adult Learner (Jim Bryson) 2013


Applying UID Principles to your Blackboard course

Making it work

Eight case stories highlighting how faculty are reaching more students through diversity in teaching approaches