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.
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