Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to learning that enables faculty to design and teach their courses in ways that addresses the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. Universal Design for Learning focuses on a variety of delivery methods and learning approaches to accommodate visual, auditory and tactile/kinesthetic learners.


The module will provide you with resources, activities, sample assessments, methods to engage learners, guidelines to incorporate prompt feedback through self-assessment, instructor interaction, and suggestions for design layout that will reduce barriers to learning.


Principles of Universal Design for Learning

There are three primary components of UDL:

  • Representation - Represent information in multiple formats and media (e.g., audio, video, text, speech, Braille, still photos, or images).
  • Expression - Provide multiple ways for students to show that they understand the material (e.g., writing, speaking, drawing, video-recording).
  • Engagement - Provide multiple ways to engage the student and motivate them to learn (e.g. to meet differing needs for predictability, novelty, or group interaction).

Who Benefits

  • Students with disabilities
  • Adult learners
  • International students
  • Students who speak English as a second language (ESL)
  • All students