Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Based on the principles of Universal Design, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) encourages teachers to design their lessons with all their learners in mind from the beginning, rather than designing a lesson and then planning adjustments for students with specific needs. It is a framework for differentiating and providing equitable access to learning.
There are three UDL guidelines that frame the implementation of UDL in the classroom.
- Engagement: providing multiple modes of engagement, that show why you are learning this topic.
- Representation: providing students with multiple modes of access to the knowledge, showing what you are learning.
- Action and expression: allowing students to present their learning in multiple ways.
Example of the strategy in action
See how UDL guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customised and adjusted to meet individual needs of learners. A panel of experts discusses the UDL practices from a year 1 mathematics lesson.