Universal Design for Learning: New Directions in Higher Education

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is included in the recent Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Signed into law by the president, UDL is defined as a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that —

A) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and

B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students with limited proficiency in English.

Topics include:

  • understanding the principles of UDL
  • connections of UDL to neuroscience
  • innovative and effective teaching methods
  • practical techniques for reaching the diverse learners in today’s classrooms
  • development of action steps to implement UDL in practice

Institute Goals:

  • Understand the concepts and  principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Understand that UDL is a framework for planning lessons/units of study to address the diverse needs of today’s students

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