Universal Design for Learning

Individual educational needs call for a curriculum that give the same opportunity to all. Universal Design for Learning UDL is a framework for creating courses, learning methods, and assessment that minimize barriers and increase opportunities to learn for every individual.



Educators and institutions alike have a legal responsibility to provide accessible platforms and materials to students with dissabilities. Additionally, accessible materials increase opportunities to understand and process information for all types of learners.

 Universal Design for Learning heding of the three networks underneath

Recognition Networks

The "what" of learning

Brain with recognition network shown in purple

How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read.  Identifying letters, words, or an author's style are recognition tasks.

  • Present information and content in different ways


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Multiple Means of  Representation

Strategic Networks

The "how" of learning

Brain with affective network shown in blue

 Planning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas.  Writing an essay or solving a math problem are strategic tasks.

  • Differentiate the ways that students can express what they know


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Multiple Means of Action and Expression


Affective Networks

The "why" of learning

Brain with affective network shown in green    

How learners get engaged and stay motivated. How they are challenged, excited, or interested.These are affective dimensions.

  • Stimulate interest and motivation for learning


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Multiple Means of Engagement

The UDL framework is based in brain science and focuses on three broad brain networks.


UDL in Higer Ed video

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