Universal Design For Learning

According to the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), “Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn."  The following domains are represented:

  • Affective networks or the why of learning. Engagement is necessary for purposeful, motivated learners, to stimulate interest and motivation for learning.
  • Recognition networks or the what of learning. Representation assists in producing resourceful knowledgeable learners by presenting information and content in different ways.
  • Strategic networks or the how of learning. Action and expression assists in creating strategic, goal-directed learners, by differentiating the ways that students can express what they know.

These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities. UDL pedagogy is considered the best practice in ADA accessibility.

To learn more about UDL, visit the following websites: