What does Universal Design for Learning look like?

Teachers deliver content in multiple ways.  Students are engaged and active learners that are encouraged to engage and analyze content knowledge to gain understanding.  Students are in a learning environment that allows them to explore content based on personal interests, preferences, or abilities.  Students demonstrate their skills and content knowledge using a variety of methods.

What types of students does Universal Design for Learning benefit?

Universal Design for Learning addresses the educational needs of ALL students: it encompasses average learners, English learners, students who have received poor instruction in the past, students with learning disabilities, students with sensory and motor challenges, gifted and talented students.

How does it benefit our students?

  • It reduces the number of barriers to learning.
  • It provides challenging, salient, and age-appropriate materials to students with a range of abilities.
  • It allows students to learn according to their learning preferences.
  • It creates alternative ways for students to both receive and deliver knowledge.

What does a curriculum based on Universal Design for Learning look like?

What are the principles of Universal Design for Learning?

The three principles are:

1.  Representation

Information and course content is presented in multiple formats, and students are provided with alternatives for accessing that knowledge.

2.  Action and Expression

Students are allowed alternatives to demonstrate their learning and provided options for responding and completing assignments.

3.  Engagement

Student interest and motivation are stimulated in a variety of ways.  Options are provided that increase relevancy, encourage collaboration and communication.


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