The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Learn more about the Universal Design for Learning framework from CAST. The UDL Guidelines can be used by educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement the UDL framework in a learning environment. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.
Because the UDL Guidelines are meant to be informed by feedback from the field as well as new research, they have been updated several times in the past. We are excited to announce that we have recently launched a new effort—UDL Rising to Equity—to update the Guidelines once again!
This update will focus specifically on addressing systemic barriers that result in inequitable learning opportunities and outcomes. CAST aims to develop a transparent, inclusive, and community-driven process, and we hope you will join us. If you are interested in collaborating and staying updated on our progress, we invite you to complete a brief survey.
Different Structure, Same Guidelines
CAST's co-founder, David Rose, highlights the overall structure, composition, and organization of the UDL Guidelines using v2.0.
Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
Provide multiple means of Engagement
The "WHY" of learning
Provide multiple means of Representation
The "WHAT" of learning
Provide options for Language & Symbols (guideline2)
Provide options for Comprehension (guideline3)
Provide multiple means of Action & Expression
The "HOW" of learning