Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) translates the cognitive geography of the brain into learning networks to be considered when designing instructional activities, emphasizing varieties of learning styles and the interconnectedness of these relationships (CAST, 2018). A set of guidelines and framework created by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) supports educators in their adoption of UDL principles.

UDL on the CAST website

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Our Instructional Designers offer a two-hour workshop (in person or via Zoom) on applying the UDL framework and practices to your course. Discover the foundations of UDL and how to enhance digital access to course materials.

For more information, email the Instructional Design team.

The UDL Learning Networks

As presented below, each learning network also includes three categories of guidelines that suggests ways to make learning accessible, build options for skill development, and empower independent learning. 



Why are your students learning? 



What are your students learning?

  • PerceptionInteract with flexible content that doesn't depend on a single sense like sight, hearing, movement, or touch.
  • Language and symbolCommunicate through languages that create a shared understanding.
  • Comprehension: Construct meaning and generate new understandings.


Action & Expression

How are your students learning?