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An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

What is UDL?

The Universal Design for Learning framework provides an approach to designing meaningful learning environments that support learning variability in classrooms. UDL practices help ensure all learners can meet learning goals by removing barriers to learning, and creating a flexible learning environment. It provides a blueprint for designing strategies, materials, assessments, and tools to reach and teach all students, including those with diverse needs. Most practices are tweaks to course design that make learning more accessible for all students.

Why is UDL important?

Implementation of UDL principles creates a learning environment that supports all learners by removing barriers to learning before the learner encounters the barrier. UDL practices promote purposeful, proactive, and reflective design that improves student learning across all levels. As the JHU learning community grows, the potential for learning variability grows as well. JHU course design should grow with the learning community to continue JHU’s leadership in dynamic, meaningful learning, and UDL can help JHU meet that demand.

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