Universal Design

  • Universal Design Principles

Universal design is an idea that should be at the forefront of anyone’s mind that develops instruction.  According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning,

Universal Design is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.”

Universal Design isn’t just about making something accessible – it’s about helping people learn.  Take a look at these three principles of UDL:

 

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CAST (2011). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0. Wakefield, MA: Author.

 

These principles should guide the creation of our instruction from its inception, not be included as an afterthought.  Presenting materials in multiple modalities can help improve learning for ALL students.

 

 

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