Universal Design for Learning

This week activites asks us to explore a selection of topics.  For the purpose of this blog I have chosen Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  The information I gained from this topic was gathered via the internet using websites and blogs of which are hyperlinked through this blog.

The UDL is a framework or a guiding set of principles used to assist with planning so that a the one-size-fits-all mentality can be abolished to provide equal opportunities for each student. It allows for an environment that assists all learners to gain knowledge, skills and an enthusiasm for learning (The National Centre on Universal Design for Learning, 2013). .  This excellent blog written by Glenda Anderson explains the principles of UDL in an manner that is easy to understand and read.  Mrs Parry’s (another fellow student)  blog also lists her findings regards UDL and is worth visiting.

The UDL guidelines are organised into 3 main principles:

  1. Multiple means of representation (The “What” of learning).  This is concerned with how we gather facts and cetegorize what we see, heard and read. In this section educators should be looking at how they present information and content in different ways.
  2. Multiple means of action and expression (The “how” of learning).  Here the UDL looks at planning andperforming tasks and how we can get students to organize and express their ideas.  Teachers should be examining differentiation and the different ways that students can express what they know.
  3. Multiple means of engagement (The “why”of learning).  This principle explores how to get learners to become enthused and engaged. It examines how to challenge and motivate students (CAST, n.d.)

Each of these guidelines offer multiple checklists to assit with lesson or unit planning.  Every checklists provide detailed examples and offers links to resources which demonstrate these.

This appears to be a very valueable resource for educators to assist with planning and one that I could use.  It offers valueable examples and information to make you think about your students individual needs. For more information check out the National Center on Universal Design for Learning or the Learning Place.


Cast (n.d.). About UDL. Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/udl/index.html

The National Centre on Universal Design for Learning (2013). About UDL: Learn the basics. Retrieved from http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines



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