Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Published: 12/14/2016 3:14 PM

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational practice that works in unison with differentiated instruction. According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning (2014), UDL is, “a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.”


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

When teachers plan lessons using UDL, they are creating "a rich learning environment that is designed around the needs of all students, not just those with identified needs."

Universal Design for Learning is an effective instructional approach that promotes curriculum accessibility for all learners through the use of technology by incorporating Digital Learning opportunities. This increases engagement in the classroom, thus addressing achievement gaps for targeted populations of students. For more information on closing achievement gaps, please see Guidelines for Closing the Gaps for All Students. The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and the Danielson Group has developed the Crosswalk between Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Danielson Framework for Teaching (FfT). This document features an overview of UDL and FfT along with ideas for applying these concepts within the classroom. For more information about the Framework for Teaching, please visit the KDE Kentucky Framework for Teaching webpage.

 
Web Based Resources:

Crosswalk between Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Danielson Framework for Teaching (FfT) — This document provides an overview of UDL and FfT along with ideas for applying these concepts within the classroom.

National Center on Universal Design for Learning—This website provides an in-depth explanation on Universal Design for Learning.
 
National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials—Discusses how Differentiation and UDL are related.
  
Universal Design for Learning (University of Louisville)—This website provides a practical approach to UDL and discusses how to incorporate UDL into your classroom.
 
  
Lesson Planning Materials:
Universal Design for Learning—Elementary Lesson Planning - A presentation from East Carolina University on how to create lesson plans using UDL Guidelines.
 
 
UDL Quick Guide—Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland/HIAT - A graphic organizer with ideas on how to incorporate UDL guidelines in the classroom. 
 

Lesson Plans:
CAST UDL Lesson Builder—This website provides multiple examples of UDL lesson plans in elementary and middle school science.
 
Lesson Plan for Beowulf - A UDL lesson plan and video on Beowulf.
 
UDL Lesson Plan - A two-day lesson plan on the burial customs of ancient Egypt.

UDL Lesson—Photo Story - An elementary UDL lesson on Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge.
 
 
Videos:
UDL Math Lesson Plans by Becky—This video shows how UDL is used in an elementary math lesson.
 
UDL Math 2nd Grade Lesson—This video shows how UDL is incorporated at an elementary school in New York.
 
UDL Guidelines in Practice: Grade 6 Science—Universal Design for Learning is demonstrated in a science class.
 
 
 
Sources:
CAST (2011). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0. Wakefield, MA: Author.
 
National Center on Universal Design for Learning (July 31, 2014). What is UDL? Retrieved from http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl.
 
Nelson, L. L. (2014). Design and deliver: Planning and teaching using universal design for learning. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.
 
Rose, D. & Meyer, A. (2006). A practical reader in Universal Design for Learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
 
Jennifer Pusateri
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