Universal Design

Universal Design

Universal Design (also called Universal Design for Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and Universal Course Design) considers the needs of the broadest possible range of students from the beginning.

Instructors who follow Universal Design techniques create their curriculum, instruction, assessment and environment to be usable by all students, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for accommodations. The Universal Design framework, first defined by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), calls for creating curriculum from the outset that provides:

  1. Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,

  2. Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know and

  3. Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn.

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