Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Resources
UDL transforms the classroom learning environment to support all learners by breaking down potential barriers and enriching the experience for all students. Rather than only providing enhancements to students with disabilities, those enhancements and many more are embedded into the class structure to benefit all enrolled students. The following links identify resources to explore this topic more deeply. UDL was used throughout my introductory global history course.
Overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
These resources provide a basic overview of the UDL model.
Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock Explain Universal Design for Learning Six-minute animation to explain the three basic principles.
Universal Design for Learning Guidelines, version 2.0 This one-page table displays each of the three main principles of UDL along with their sub points.
UDL Guidelines, version 2.0 Web Site This provides an in-depth understanding of each of the three principles of UDL and the subpoints under each and links to additional resources
(Online Edition) Universal Design for Learning Theory and Practice. By Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, and David Gordon Set up a free account to access the online book and other resources.
Links to Other Resource Links on David Arendale's Website
Often I talk about use of learning technologies, digital projects, and the like in my UDL presentations. Click on the links below to explore those resource pages.
UDL Resource Centers
These centers provide a variety of resources related to UDL.
PASS-IT Federally-Funded Grant Web Site PASS IT seeks to address a compelling need in higher education by developing a corps of trainers to facilitate professional development workshops in the implementation of Universal Design (UD) and Universal Instructional Design (UID) in higher education.
Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy (CRDEUL) published a number of publications related to application of UDL to college.
CAST CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through UDL. Founded in 1984, CAST has earned international recognition for its work.
National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials Accessible instructional materials, or AIM, are materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video).
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities.
Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) develops and collects resources to help educators apply universal design (UD) in order to make all aspects of the educational experience welcoming to, usable by, and inclusive of everyone.
UDL Books and Training Manuals
These publications provide practical training for implementing UDL and other variations of the model including Universal Instructional Design (UID) among others.
PASS--IT UDL Book edited by Higbee and Goff Universal Design promotes the consideration of the needs of all potential users in the planning and development of a space, product, or program—an approach that is equally applicable to architecture or education.
Universal Design in Higher Education: Promising Practices When UD principles are applied in a postsecondary institution, educational products and environments meet the needs of potential students with a wide variety of characteristics. Disability is just one of many characteristics that a student might possess.
The General College Vision: Integrating Intellectual Growth, Multicultural Perspectives, and Student Development Access to higher education is a social imperative that we must take seriously.It is clear that the General College has historically taken this mission with earnestness and centrality.
Other Recent Books on Universal Design for Learning This is a selective collection of other recently published books on Universal Design for Learning.
Videos about Universal Design for Learning
UDL Articles and Shorter Publications
These publications provide practical implementation of UDL in both classroom and student service activities.
Arendale and Ghere, UDL in introductory history classes This is a chapter from the PASS-IT book in which Arendale and Ghere describe how they use UDL in their introductory history courses.
Using Universal Design for planning and revising instruction and student services In this chapter from the PASS-IT book, Arendale and Poch describe how to assess, plan, and evaluate classroom and student service units with UDL.
ULD task analysis tool template From the PASS-IT book, Arendale and Poch provide a template to use for evaluation.
In this chapter from the PASS-IT book, Higbee and Eaton describes how to use the principles of Universal Design in a learning center.
From the PASS-IT book, Opitz and Block descibe how to use Universal Deisng to guide development of academic support programs.
A special issue of Education Sciences journal featured applications for Universal Design that combined Inclusive Pedagogy. The articles describe UDIP as including increased cultural sensitivity to the classroom environment.
Using the three major principles of UDL, Dr. Bell provides numerous practical examples of how to implement UDL within a learning center.
This a collection from a quick review of the iTunes directory using the search words "inclusion" and "Universal Design for Learning". As with all podcasts available through the iTunes store, all are free. Probably most are available through Google Play
Universal Design for Learning Presentation
David Arendale, "Implementing Universal Design to Create an Inclusive Classroom" Presentation from the 2019 Innovative Educators webinar. Links to materials associated with the presentation: