Universal Design for Learning

The demands of the 21st century learning environment require a framework or series of recommendations that address the essential barriers to learning. The universal design for learning (UDL) framework is such a system; its primary principles and guidelines seek to assist instructional designers, content developers, and educators in building curricula and developing instructional materials and subsequent instructional activities that are accessible to all learners. UDL serves as a general blueprint for assessing how instructional goals, methods, materials (including technology), and assessments provide—within the learning environment—options for all students, not just those with disabilities. This entry further describes UDL, outlines its key principles, and discusses research on its use.

UDL focuses on removing barriers in educational experiences to support better outcomes for all learners. In its simplest ...

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