Universal Design for Learning


The term “universal design” means a concept or philosophy for designing and delivering products and services that are usable by people with the widest possible range of functional capabilities, which include products and services that are directly usable (without requiring assistive technologies) and products and services that are made usable with assistive technologies. (U.S.C. § 3002)

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Universal Design for Learning calls for ...

  • Multiple means of representation (to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge).
  • Multiple means of expression (to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know).
  • Multiple means of engagement (to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation).

Those of you who wish to examine the theoretical base, principles, and philosophy underlying Universal Design for Learning should read:

Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning, Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Available online (free digital version) at http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/ , or by purchasing the print version from www.ascd.org.


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