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)
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.
Making it work