The term Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
The definition of Universal Design for Learning is it: (A) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and
(B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities.
“What is UDL” by Katie Novak
The three primary principles include:
- Stimulate interest and motivation for learning
- “why” students should learn, care, and feel it’s important
- Affective Networks
- Present information and content in different ways
- “what” students do to learn
- Recognition Networks
- Provide different ways students can express what they know
- “how” students express and demonstrate what they have learned
- Strategic Networks