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Universal Design for Learning

Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help instructors create courses that provide all students with equal opportunities to learn. UDL seeks to maximize student access and participation and minimize the need for individualized accommodations.

The major UDL principles are:

  • Provide multiple means of representation
  • Provide multiple means of action and expression
  • Provide multiple means of engagement
  • Steps to an Inclusive Learning Environment
  • Focus on essential course elements
  • Establish clear expectations and learning objectives
  • Design activities specific to the learning objectives
  • Encourage self-directed learning and active learning
  • Provide information using multiple methods
  • Incorporate diverse assessment strategies
  • Build in opportunities for feedback