UDL in Higher Education
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) 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.
The priciples of UDL were originally developed for architects and consumer product designers but they have now adapted to the field of education.
Ex./ A curb cut was originally designed to aid those in wheelchairs but curb cuts are also helpful for those on bikes and those pushing a stroller.
One concise description is…
The central practical premise of UDL is that a curriculum should include alternatives to make it accessible and appropriate for individuals with different backgrounds, learning styles, and disabilities in widely varied learning contexts. The universal in universal design does not imply one optimal solution for everyone. Rather, it reflects an awareness of the unique nature of each learner and the need to accommodate differences, create learning experiences that suit the learner, and maximizes his or her ability to progress. (Rose & Meyer, 2002, page 70)
There are three essential qualities of UDL that must be considered when designing curriculum to meet the needs of all learners.
1. Multiple Means of Representation
2. Multiple Means of Engagement
3. Multiple Means of Expression
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