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 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.

checkmark Present information and content in different ways


More ways to provide  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


 More ways to provide 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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