Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides useful guidelines for developing curricula, selecting materials and creating learning environments that consider the wide variability of learners in higher education environments.
UDL is a set of principles that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone. It is not meant to be a one-size-fits-all solution but rather provides flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.
UDL is not a prescriptive checklist or formula with set methods and tools to be applied in every situation. It is meant to provide flexibility and allows for adjustments as needed.
UDL can help reshape teaching and learning by guiding the design of an entirely new system with flexibility at its core.
Institutions are required to provide accessible materials and technology to students but UDL does more than that by decreasing the need for individual accommodations to have to be implemented because these options are already built into the course. In other words, Courses that are created with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles are both accessible and usable for a broad audience and, therefore, minimize the need for accommodations.