UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR
Ryan A. Maxwell
Reaching and Engaging All Learners through
Technology EDUC 6714
July 27th, 2014
What is UDL?
-UDL is a framework
for making curriculum
more inclusive for all
What is the inspiration for UDL?
• UDL has its roots in architecture
More UDL in architecture
There are 3 principles of UDL
Provide multiple means of representation
Provide multiple means of action and expression
Provide multiple means of engagement
-In order for learners to acquire new knowledge, they must be able to connect
with the content. (Brain research tells us that those of us that are strategic
network learners rely on content being presented in many ways!)
-Everyone has their own unique way of making this connection.
- Providing multiple means of expression means that the teacher is laying
down a variety of options for perception, language, math expression, symbols,
There are a variety of technology tools to support this task.
-The 2nd principle of UDL: Provide multiple means of action and
expression through physical action, expression,
communication, and options for executive function.
(Brain research tells us that students that are strong strategic
learners need multiple options to demonstrate what they
There are many technology tools available to help
students express themselves.
The 3rd principle of UDL: Provide multiple means of engagement means
presenting lessons and information in a fun and exciting way that keeps
students interested and challenged. This process entails recruiting interest,
sustaining effort and persistence, and providing options for self-regulation.
(Brain research tells us that students that are affective learners need their
interest stimulated, and they need to remain motivated for learning to
These technology tools give students the opportunity to become more self-
What is the central role of technology
in the principles identified?
WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF UDL ON MY SCHOOL?
“CAST defines Universal Design for Learning
(UDL) as a blueprint for creating flexible
goals, methods, materials, and assessments
that accommodate learners’ differences”
Brain Research Has Taught Us About 3
The "what" of learning
How we gather facts
and categorize what
we see, hear, and read.
The "how" of learning.
Planning and performing
The "why" of learning.
How learners get
engaged and stay
What are the implications?
• Each student varies in which network of the
brain he or she prefers to learn with.
• This means teachers must create lessons that
appeal to ALL 3 networks of the brain!
• Using UDL approaches to teaching ensures
this will happen.
What about diversity?
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) was created
to meet the needs of all students and give all
students the opportunity to be successful.
Diversity is commonly found in schools today.
“Universal Design for Learning helps meet the
challenge of diversity by suggesting flexible
instructional materials, techniques, and
strategies that empower educators to meet
these varied needs” (CAST, 2009)
CAST Online Tools
• Internet Inquiry Tool Kit
• This tool provides grades 5-10 a
resource in finding information on
the Internet from a UDL perspective.
• PAL Tool Kit
• This resource gives teachers a tool
to help design lesson plans that
make the curriculum accessible to
• The SSEC Tool Kit
• This tool provides high school
teachers with strategies and
activities in vocabulary and reading
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• Universal Design: Architecture - UDL-VT-TTAC. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://udl-