Universal Design for Learning planning tool

Removing barriers and improving student outcomes using Universal Design for Learning principles

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to help teachers design teaching and learning that supports all students. Instructional methods, when planned and implemented intentionally, can help every student to succeed. UDL helps teachers navigate, create and adjust resources that are inclusive while meeting our legal obligations under the Disability Standards for Education (2005).

Planning using the UDL framework provides an inclusive learning environment where diversity is valued and all students are able to succeed. Students have choices in goals, methods, materials and assessments, and these choices are engaging, relevant and accessible. UDL will look different in each classroom and there is no “One size fits all” approach.

Representation, Expression and Engagement displayed in circular flow chart representing the cyclical nature of UDL

Figure 1: Watch the InclusionED video which explains UDL simply or check out the UDL Guidelines for teachers created by CAST.

The 3 principles of UDL

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