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Universal Design for Learning: Home

Resources to learn more about Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Introduction

According to researchers at the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University, Universal design is defined as, “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for special accommodations.”

Universal Design for Learning or UDL can ensure equal access to the educational environment for all learners.  It celebrates human differences and promotes an inclusion based approach to our culture; research shows that this approach helps increase GPA and retention for all students.  UDL minimizes the differences in the student community.

UDL key elements include:  Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Environment.

  • Curriculum is determined by what the professor wants the student to learn.
  • Instruction incorporates multiple methods of presentation.
  • Assessment is done through evaluating what strategies are working and what needs to be changed.
  • Environment refers to a space conducive to all learners. 

UDL-Related Resources

Test Your Knowledge!

How much do you know about UDL? Test your basic UDL knowledge with this short quiz, adapted from the recent second edition of Loui Lord Nelson’s bestselling UDL primer, Design and Deliver.

Take the quiz!

“UDL is important because of the variability that we have across learners. We often think about individuals with disabilities as individuals at the margins and then if we can develop or create learning environments for those individuals at either end of the bell curve we go a long way towards addressing the needs of everyone else in between.” 

- Skip Stahl, Senior Policy Analyst, CAST

“When we have a classroom that’s built around one specific way of teaching, we’re leaving people out.”

- Jennifer Pusateri, Universal Design Consultant at University of Kentucky

Curious about UDL?

To connect with others implementing UDL at the College of Charleston, reach out to Debby Marindin (TLT), Anne Osowski (SNAP), or Gretchen Scronce (Libraries).