UDL is an educational approach with three primary principles :
Multiple means of engagement tap into learners' interests, offer challenges, increase motivation
Click here to download the 35 page UDL Guidelines, version 2.0, with all the details
Although it shares concepts and principles with them all, UDL is different from:
Universal Design for Learning is a teaching approach that can be used in any class. Simply put, it provides ways to help the student’s learning journey by developing a constant awareness that there are multiple means of perception, multiple ways to show understanding, and multiple ways to engage students. Here is a 5-minute video explaining UDL.
UDL favors multiple means of expression. Here's basic information expressed in video.
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph. D. from the University of Washington describes the need for UDL this way:
"Precollege and college students come from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds. For some, English is not their first language. Also represented in most classes are students with a diversity of ages and learning styles, including visual and auditory. In addition, increasing numbers of students with disabilities are included in regular precollege and postsecondary courses. Their disabilities include blindness, low vision, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, learning disabilities, and health impairments.
Students are in school to learn and instructors share this goal. How can educators design instruction to maximize the learning of all students? The field of universal design (UD) can provide a starting point for developing a framework for instruction. You can apply this body of knowledge to create courses that ensure lectures, discussions, visual aids, videos, printed materials, labs, and fieldwork are accessible to all students."
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