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 Universal Design for Learning in Education


Universal Design for Learning is defined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 as:
 … a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that:

(A) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and
(B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient.

This concept incorporates a set of principles that teachers can use to develop their instruction from the beginning that gives all students an equal opportunity to learn.  This is done by identifying and eliminating barriers within the learning environment that may prevent some learners from succeeding. 

The three principles of UDL are:

  • Multiple means of engagement
  • Multiple means of representation
  • Multiple means of action and expression

These principles provide a blueprint for creating goals, methods, materials and assessments that allow all students opportunities to become successful learners.

For additional information on Universal Design for Learning in Education, visit the National Center on Universal Design for Learning at http://www.udlcenter.org/.

2016-17 Live Webinar Series

During the 2016 -2017 school year, a series of free webinars are available that will focus on various aspects of the instructional framework of Universal Design for Learning. The UDL Center at OCALI, in collaboration with the State Support Teams (Ohio), PATINS (Indiana), and the Georgia Department of Education will be hosting these webinars. The schedule for these webinars along with descriptions and registration links can be found using the schedule link below.  This information can also be found on the OCALI website.  The webinars presented by the Georgia Department of Education will be recorded and posted below.

UDL Recorded Webinars provided by the GaDOE

The UDL Guidelines provide a framework for planning instruction proactively to allow access to the curriculum for the widest range of students possible. In this webinar, participants will acquire a deep understanding of the UDL Principles, Guidelines, and Checkpoints, including how to use these core components of UDL to guide instructional planning, classroom instruction, and assessment.

How can we provide struggling readers with access to complex texts? What does a scaffolded text look like? These and other questions will be answered in this webinar as participants see what UDL looks like in a scaffolded text
and learn how to use the UDL Guidelines to scaffold texts for their own students.

While classroom discussions are essential for deep learning, to be truly effective, they need to move beyond a scenario where the teacher asks the questions and the students provide the answers. In this strategy-packed webinar, participants will learn how to plan and facilitate student-led discussions that engage students in self-assessment, reflection, and goal setting, while fostering collaboration and community -- all essential checkpoints for developing purposeful, motivated learners from kindergarten through high school.