Universal design for learning is a curriculum design, development and delivery framework used to create accessible and inclusive learning environments. The three central principles of universal design for learning are:
- Provide multiple means of representation – Provide content in multiple ways.
- Provide multiple means of action and expression – Offer options that allow students to fully demonstrate knowledge.
- Provide multiple means of engagement – Develop learning options to produce and sustain interest.
Research identifies universal design for learning as a “best practice” approach to curriculum design, development and delivery in all educational settings, including face-to-face, blended and online learning. You may have heard of alternate educational universal design frameworks, such as universal instructional design, universal design for instruction, as well as universal design for learning. These terms are often used interchangeably. While there are differences, all of these universal design frameworks focus on creating accessible learning environments.
The UDL Standard for Mohawk College provides direction regarding UDL considerations for curriculum design, development, and delivery. You can access this Mohawk College’s UDL Standard using the links below: