Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for teaching, learning, and developing curricular materials that considers the diverse learning styles of ALL students. It is a way to challenge assumptions made about learning and teaching to support accessibility and engagement within the classroom. UDL removes barriers in the curriculum, provides the supports and challenges needed, and promotes high expectations for ALL students.
UDL promotes the learning needs of all learners by considering from the beginning of the lesson planning procedure:
- The goals of the lesson
- The assessment of the goal
- The variability of each student
- The elimination of barriers through the UDL framework developed by CAST (shown on below)
UDL is built on years of research in learning sciences and is focused on three networks of the brain: Affective Network (Engagement), Recognition Network (Representation) and Strategic Network (Action & Expression).
For more information on the UDL guidelines please visit http://udlguidelines.cast.org
CAST – Since its founding in 1984, CAST has seeded and grown the field of Universal Design for Learning through creative research and development, strategic partnerships, teacher preparation and support, and international outreach. http://www.cast.org
National Center on Universal Design for Learning – Great site for resources and information! http://www.udlcenter.org/
The Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN)– https://udl-irn.org/
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