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.



Why is this important for higher education? Educators and institutions alike have a legal responsibility to provide accessible platforms and materials. Additionally, accessible materials provide opportunities to ensure that all students are able to participate in and benefit from learning opportunities.


 Universal Design for Learning

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.
checkmark Present information and content in different ways
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Multiple Means of Representation

Strategic Networks

The "how" of learning
Brain with strategic 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.
checkmark 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.
checkmark 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.


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