Universal Design for Learning: A Beginner’s Guide

Each learning environment is full of learners with varying needs, cultural backgrounds, attention spans & interests, and linguistic ability. Recognising the diverse ways individuals absorb, process, and retain information makes the one-size-fits-all approach to education ultimately obsolete.

If only instructors and instructional designers could create more flexible and adaptive courses that accommodate the needs of all learners and improve their learning outcomes, the learning environment would be more inclusive. Fortunately, researchers at the Centre for Applied Special Technology (CAST) worked with Harvard University to develop Universal Design for Learning, which provides equal opportunity for all pupils to learn. Let’s all learn about it in the infographic below!

Universal Design for Learning seeks to provide a flexible and inclusive environment in which knowledge is presented in numerous ways, students engage in learning through various methods, and learners are given options for proving their understanding. 

If this is the case, what happens when the UDL is used in online learning? Will it make it easier to create learning materials accessible to learners? Does UDL require interoperability with assistive technology? Let’s all find out the answer in our next blog! Don’t miss it. 

Curious about gaining more knowledge about UDL and incorporating it into your daily practice? SSA Innovations has the ability to assist your organisation in developing captivating courses and materials for all learners, whether it’s creating a curriculum or upgrading existing materials. For more information about our engaging and accessible digital solutions, explore our additional resources or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Youtube so you wouldn’t miss all the exclusive content and more. For further inquiries, get in touch with us today! 

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