Talk:Universal Design for Learning

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Kendra Grant (Major Edit January 2014)

The previous version of UDL was the 2008 overview. Since that time the Principles and Guidelines have undergone significant revision. In addition, wIth the release of Rose and Meyer's long awaited sequel to Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age, a major edit of this page is needed. The latest book from CAST - Universal Design for Learning - Theory and Practice focuses on three assumptions, mentioned in previous editions but now highlighted. They include assumptions about learning and ability, learner variability and expert learners. In addition, the Principles were altered with Engagement (Why) coming first as well as a reorder of all the guidelines, focusing on the options that promote learning being mentioned first and those that promote accommodation last. According to the new guidelines the goal of instruction is to develop expert learners. Learners that are purposeful and motivated (why), resourceful and knowledgeable (what) and strategic and goal-directed (how). Quite a change since I read first read about UDL in 2002!

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Meyer, A., Rose, D. H., & Gordon, D. (2014). Universal Design for Learning-Theory and Practice Cast Incorporated.

Laura Bonnor (Edit Feb. 2011)

I have used some of the information from this page to add to the argument that DI, UbD and UDL can work together to form the basis of sound and stable educational planning. I tidied up this page but did not significantly change the content. UDL is an important concept and although, originally I was planning on meshing the two pages,but I decided that it was better to keep most of this information in tact.

Camille Maydonik (Edit January 24, 2009)

At first, this page consisted just of the introductory paragraph on Universal Design and Ron Mace. I moved the "What is Universal Design for Learning? (UDL)" section over from the sub-topic page and added the link to the book Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning written by David H. Rose and Anne Meyer (2002) into this section.

Rose, D. H., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the Digital Age : Universal Design for Learning Alexandria, Va: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

I decided to author the first draft of this material, and as such provided a summary of selected sections of the book which I feel provide a good introduction to UDL. I organized this information into 4 additional sections: The Origins of UDL, Framework of UDL, Outcomes of UDL, and References. I will be further developing this page as my Wiki Entry assignment. (solo)

Thank you,


Camille Maydonik (Final Edit March 1, 2009)

My final edits of this page are complete. Since my last update, I have added content and some additional sections: Using UDL to Support Every Student's Learning, Using Multiple Means, Outcomes of UDL and See Also. I also changed the title of the References section to References / External Links.

Thank you,


I hope you enjoy this overview of Universal Design for Learning!