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The UDL Framework Explained

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn, including Students with Disabilities. This growing movement aims to improve the educational experience of all students by introducing more flexible methods of teaching, assessment and service provision to cater for different styles of learners. This approach is underpinned by research in the field of neuroscience and is designed to improve the learning experience and outcomes for all students. 

The UDL guidelines provided by US organisation CAST are based on the idea that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ or ‘average’ student, that all students learn differently and that to successfully teach for all students, we have to introduce greater flexibility in to teaching and learning practice. They say that educators should follow 3 core principles when designing learning experiences, building in:

Image showing the 3 core principles of UDL: Multiple Means of Engagement, Multiple Means of Representation and Multiple Means of Action and Expression

From Theory to Practice: the UDL guidelines>>

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