Universal Design For Learning


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an essential component in the virtual classroom.  UDL is formed of a set of guidelines that mean to ensure the all students have the same opportunity to learn the proposed content.  The main areas of support include:

  • Multiple representations of content
  • Opportunities to demonstrate knowledge in multiple ways, ie. audio, video, etc.
  • Variety of methods for engagement

Following, a self study I earned the following digital badge as proof of my work learning about UDL and how to incorporate its principles into my course design.

UDL Digital Badge


Digital Badge Description

A Sample of the Guiding Principles:

When designing Alternative Text for graphics use the following:

  • brevity
  • drill-down organization
  • clarity
  • emphasis on data, bullets or lists



National Center on Universal Design for Learning http://www.udlcenter.org/

National Center on Accessible Materials http://aim.cast.org/

Screenreader Software Options  http://aim.cast.org/learn/e-resources/software-based/screenreaders_tts

Digital Talking Books Software Options http://aim.cast.org/learn/e-resources/software-based/dtb_software

National Center for Accessible Media http://ncam.wgbh.org/

Guidelines for Describing STEM Images http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx/guidelines



Maria Guillily, PhD