Transforming Education Through Universal Design for Learning

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(CAST – Center for Applied Special Technology

About UDL

What is Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Why is UDL necessary?

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Three primary brain networks come into play:

Universal Design for Learning

Recognition Networks

The “what” of learning

brain image with the recognition network highlighted in pinkHow we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read. Identifying letters, words, or an author’s style are recognition tasks.

pink checkmarkPresent information and content in different ways

More ways to provide Multiple Means of Representation

Strategic Networks

The “how” of learning

brain image with the recognition network highlighted in pinkPlanning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas. Writing an essay or solving a math problem are strategic tasks.

blue checkmarkDifferentiate the ways that students can express what they know

More ways to provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Affective Networks

The “why” of learning
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