Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive approach to addressing barriers in the environment and general education curriculum by designing, implementing, and evaluating accessible learning experiences. UDL is achieved by providing alternate representations, expression, and engagement to learners:
Multiple means of representation– provide various ways of acquiring information and knowledge.
Multiple means of expression– provide students with alternatives for demonstrating what they know.
Multiple means of engagement– tap into student’s interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation.
Designing a course with principles of universal design in mind is an ongoing and creative process. One does not achieve the level of usability aspired to with a simple checklist but with an open mind and a commitment to making design and inclusion a priority.