Universal Design for Learning

The CSU has been a leader in the implementation of UDL as a strategy to ensure the greatest number and diversity of students succeed in their courses. UDL efforts in the CSU were spearheaded by the Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology (EnACT) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and based at Sonoma State University. The training and resources developed through this effort continue to be featured and available at the UDL-Universe website.

UDL is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.

Recognizing that the way individuals learn can be unique, the UDL framework, first defined by David H. Rose, Ed.D. of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) in the 1990s, calls for creating curricula from the outset to provide:

  • Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge
  • Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners’ interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn
  • Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know