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Universal Design for Learning

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework that provides a set of good practices that may be applied in any learning environment. Similar to universal design which applies to the architectural design of physical spaces, UDL is intended to remove barriers for all learners.

Use UDL in your course design

The three guiding principles of UDL are as follows (CAST, 2011, p. 5): 

  • Provide multiple means of representation
  • Provide multiple means of action and expression
  • Provide multiple means of engagement

Applying the principles of UDL does not have to be complicated and can help you to meet the needs and learning preferences of many learners.

Additional Resources

  • For more on this, visit the Universal Design for Learning section of the Student Accessibility Services site and
  • If you would like to discuss some of the ways you might apply these principles in your courses, we invite you to arrange a meeting with one of our educational developers at the Teaching and Learning Centre.


CAST (2011). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0. Wakefield, MA: Author.  Retrieved from: