Universal Design for Learning:

Universal Design for Learning, UDL, is an instructional approach to learning that provides an opportunity for every student to enhance their learning and be successful. As educators we are aware of the varying levels of challenges that our curriculum poses to each individual student. The Universal Design for Learning provides guidelines, methodologies, and strategies for educators to utilize in order to create a flexible curriculum that can maximize individual student achievement.

The inspiration for UDL originated from the architectural field. Architects realized that in order for buildings to be accessible to every person, certain requirements must be in place. For example, while steps are a functional way of moving vertically for some people, they pose a challenge to others. Therefore structures such as ramps, elevators, and escalators are installed in addition to stairs to maximize the accessibility of buildings. There are many examples of Universal Design within our daily lives, from captions on televisions and movies, to Braille on ATM keys.

Just as architectures look for ways to maximize accessibility by all, as educators we must examine our curriculum and identify areas in which it can be adapted in order to make the learning objectives accessible to all learners.


Please take a moment to view this short video to learn more about UDL.

For more UDL related videos, follow this link, UDL Videos.

More great resources pertaining to UDL can be found through the following links. Please take a moment to check them out.

Blogs:
http://atclassroom.blogspot.com/2010/07/universal-design-for-learning.html

http://blog.uvm.edu/udl/
http://udlproject.edublogs.org/

Wikis:
http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/

Other Websites:
http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/UDL/index.shtml
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDvKnY0g6e4
http://udl4maryland.webs.com/
http://youdlebridges.wordpress.com/