Week 2 (August 28- September 3): Universal Design for Learning (UDL) #1: Overview & Exploring Principles

Learning Objectives:

Gain an understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

  • Learner Variability
  • Using UDL to make learning accessible for diverse learners
  • UDL principles, guidelines, & checkpoints


Things To Do


1. Watch UDL intro videos:

Dr. Todd Rose describes the concept of Learner Variability and its relation to UDL in this 10-minute video.

Those two short videos published by The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) describe what UDL is and its three primary principles are.


2. Complete IRIS Center “Universal Design for Learning” Module:

This module examines the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses how to apply these principles to the four curricular components (i.e., goals, instructional materials, instructional methods, and assessments).


3. Read: UDL Overview and Case Story

This document provides an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It also includes a case story of how a teacher uses a UDL approach to design a social studies lesson. This case story illustrates some ways in which teachers can use UDL in a lesson.


4. Do: UDL Checkpoint Activity

The UDL framework provides many ideas for teachers to use as they design lessons. Think of the framework as a “menu” that allows you to pick and choose some flexible options and include them while you do your lesson planning. This week’s activity will take you deeper into the UDL Checkpoints. On CAST’s website, there is an interactive graphic that provides a great deal of detail on the 31 checkpoints of UDL.  Download and complete this activity.


Assignments & Important Dates

Work on “Week 2 questions (Q3 and Q4)” in Weekly Reflection #1 

In the UDL Checkpoint Activity assigned for this week, you filled out a table. You will cut and paste this table into the Weekly Reflection #1 paper.

The completed Weekly Reflection #1 is due on Sept. 17 (Sun), 11:55 PM.