Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

What if you designed your course with learner variability in mind? 

Through this deeper dive, you will be guided in exploring the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, which is comprised of a research-based set of principles that encourages instructors to remove barriers to learning in order to provide access to diverse students, beyond considerations of accommodations for students with disabilities. UDL can inform course and lesson design by prompting instructors to provide their students with multiple ways of engaging with course content, constructing knowledge, and demonstrating learning while accommodating cultural and learning differences. 

UDL Handout

As you make your way through the the UDL deeper dive, we invite you to use this handout to consider your students through the lens of each UDL principle. We offer UMass faculty the options to copy the handout to your own Google drive or download it as a Microsoft Word document.


General UDL Resources

The resources below provide additional information on Universal Design for Learning in higher education.


Resources for Removing Learning Barriers

The resources listed below were referenced in our deeper dive videos for each UDL principle as strategies to remove learning barriers. It is not an exhaustive list of all the resources out there, but will provide you with starting points to explore.

Engagement Resources

Representation Resources

Action & Expression Resources