Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
The main goal for ALL students in a UDL classroom is to become Expert Learners. An Expert Learner is Resourceful and Knowledgeable, Strategic and Goal Directed, Purposeful and Motivated. The UDL framework is intended to be used in all tiers of instruction beginning with strong core instruction for ALL students.
Creating an inclusive and equitable classroom is achievable using the UDL Framework. The Engagement Principle considers offering multiple means in recruiting interests, sustaining effort and persistence, and self-regulation. These guidelines support social emotional learning through relationship skills, social awareness and responsible decision making.
UDL and the Learning Brain
What we know about the brain is central to the Universal Design for Learning Framework. Knowing key facts about the brain from a UDL perspective can help inform learning design to address learner variability. Find out more in this downloadable resource designed for educators.
CAST (2018). UDL and the learning brain. Wakefield, MA: Author. Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/products-services/resources/2018/udl-learning-brain-neuroscience
What We Do
Our consultants offer Universal Design for Learning support to educators, by connecting Ohio’s Learning Standards with instructional practices for all learners, in the form of professional development, and technical assistance.
As a part of the Statewide System of Support, State Support Teams work closely with the Ohio Department of Education to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to schools and districts as they strive to ensure that each child has access to a high-quality education. The documents, policies, and laws shared here provide the foundation to this work.
Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.
Universal Design for Learning, Ohio’s Revised Standards and the Model Curricula
UDL at a Glance
What is UDL?