Universal Design for Learning 1: UDL in the Everyday Classroom

All students learn differently — not only those with obvious disabilities or cultural differences! The goal of Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is to ensure equal access to learning by removing the barriers that are often present in curriculum. In this module, you will explore and apply the three principles of UDL, each of which considers multiple means of teaching and learning. You will analyze and adapt lesson plans to address those principles, implement a UDL principle in your classroom and reflect on the experience, and finally write a lesson plan that incorporates all of the UDL principles.

6 weeks, 1.5 CEUs

Currently scheduled sections

Instructional goals and learning objectives

  1. The learner will explore an overview of Universal Design for Learning.
    1. The learner will develop background knowledge of UDL and the impact of UDL on all learners.
    2. The learner will understand the history of universal design and the development of UDL.
  2. The learner will describe and interpret the three principles of UDL.
    1. The learner will describe and interpret Principle 1: Multiple Means of Representation.
    2. The learner will describe and interpret Principle 2: Multiple Means of Action and Expression.
    3. The learner will describe and interpret Principle 3: Multiple Means of Engagement.
  3. The learner will compare the connections between UDL and neuroscience.
    1. The learner will compare the connections between the UDL Principle 1 (Multiple Means of Representation) and the Recognition Networks.
    2. The learner will compare the connections between the UDL Principle 2 (Multiple Means of Action and Expression) and the Recognition Networks.
    3. The learner will compare the connections between the UDL Principle 3 (Multiple Means of Engagement) and the Recognition Networks.
  4. The learner will use the principles of UDL to analyze student learning.
    1. The learner will choose a UDL principle and describe activities evident in a classroom lesson.
    2. The learner will try a UDL strategy and analyze its effectiveness based on student data.
  5. The learner will interpret the impact of UDL principles on the curriculum and apply them to the lesson planning process.
    1. The learner will create a lesson plan that includes ideas learned from the course.
    2. The learner will reflect on the lesson planning process.
    3. The learner will reflect on the ways their teaching and planning will be impacted based on ideas learned through this course.

Alignment to North Carolina standards

Course schedule

  1. Week 1: Introduction to UDL

    To begin your exploration of UDL, you’ll learn about its principles, its basis in neuroscience, and its history and development.

    1. Definitions and Initial Explorations
    2. Introductions Forum
    3. The History and Development of UDL Page
    4. The Three Principles of UDL Page
      Activity: Matching Principles with Classroom Actions
    5. Classroom Scenarios
      Activity: Analyze classroom scenarios that call for UDL and think about how you would respond.
      Classroom Scenarios Forum
  2. Week 2: Principle 1. Multiple Means of Representation

    In this section of the course, you’ll explore Principle 1, its guidelines and checkpoints in depth, then apply them to adapting a lesson plan.

    1. Principle 1: Multiple Means of Representation
    2. Activity: Adapting a Lesson Plan for Multiple Means of Representation
    3. Principle 1 Lesson Plan Forum
  3. Week 3: Principle 2. Multiple Means of Action and Expression

    In this section of the course, you’ll explore Principle 2, its guidelines and checkpoints in depth, then apply them to adapting a lesson plan.

    1. Principle 2: Multiple Means of Action and Expression
    2. Activity: Adapting a Lesson Plan for Multiple Means of Action and Expression
    3. Principle 2 Lesson Plan Forum
  4. Week 4: Principle 3. Multiple Means of Engagement

    In this section of the course, you’ll explore Principle 3, its guidelines and checkpoints in depth, then apply them to adapting a lesson plan.

    1. Principle 3: Multiple Means of Engagement Page
    2. Activity: Adapting a Lesson Plan for Multiple Means of Engagement
    3. Principle 3 Lesson Plan Forum
  5. Week 5: UDL in Action

    Now it’s time to put what you’ve learned into practice by applying a UDL principle in your own classroom.

    1. Putting a UDL Principle into Practice Page
      Apply one of the UDL principles in your classroom and reflect on what you learned from the experience.
    2. Forum: Adapting an Activity
  6. Week 6: UDL and Lesson Planning

    As a final project, you’ll develop a lesson plan that incorporates all three UDL principles.

    1. Incorporating UDL into Your Teaching
      Develop a full lesson plan incorporating all three principles of UDL.
    2. Lesson Plan Forum