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Introduction to the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

Author(s): Andrew Osborne Hasley1, Hayley Orndorf2

1. North Carolina State University Biotechnology Program 2. BioQUEST

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Two activities for introducing Universal Design for Learning to a faculty audience

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Version 1.0 - published on 20 Oct 2021 doi:10.25334/3MJJ-4D08 - cite this


The Universal Design for Learning Guidelines were developed by CAST in the 1990s using learning and neuroscience research. The UDL Guidelines advocate for designing learning environments and materials to plan for variability rather than average, better supporting all learners in becoming experts in how they learn. With its three principles, nine guidelines, and 31 checkpoints the UDL framework can at first be overwhelming. The activities included in this module are intended to guide faculty, instructors, and professional developers towards a foundational understanding of UDL. The activities include: 

  • Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
  • Cultivating a UDL Mindset

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