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CTTL Faculty Repository: Universal Design for Learning

Tutorials, articles, and professional development artifacts for faculty

Universal Design for Learning Guidelines (intro and infographic)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that addresses the primary barrier to fostering expert learners within instructional environments: inflexible, “one-size-fits-all” curricula. It is inflexible curricula that raise unintentional barriers to learning. Learners who are “in the margins”, such as learners who are gifted and talented or have disabilities, are particularly vulnerable.

Three primary principles, which are based on neuroscience research, guide UDL and provide the underlying framework for the UDL Guidelines:

  • Provide Multiple Means of Engagement (the “why” of learning)
  • Provide Multiple Means of Representation (the “what” of learning)
  • Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression (the “how” of learning).

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (video)


Questions? Instructional Designers

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Bianca Rowden-Quince (650) 738-4296

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Andrea Fuentes 650-738-7133



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