The goal for Universal Design for Learning  is that everyone’s learning needs are met. It is a philosophy of inclusiveness. I read an article by Margaret King-Spears in which she defines UDL as a pedagogy or instructional practice used for students with or without disabilities. This caught my attention because usually when you read about education, authors make a difference between education for students with disabilities and for students without.

It is a term developed in the 1970’s in architecture. The purpose was to build structures that incorporated features that made them accesible for people with different needs. This ideas was then passed on into education.


  • Representation: activate prior knowledge, check vocabulary.
  • Engagement: allow students to fail and offer options to keep interest.
  • Action and Expression: give students different tools to share and communicate.

One of my instructors in class said it best:


Every principle is then divided into bullet points. I researched 2 of them and created a list explaining.

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Hagerman, Michelle. “UDL.” Michigan State University, Dublin. July 12th, 2012

King-Sears, Margaret. Universal Design for Learning: Technology and Pedagogy,Learning Disability Quarterly; Fall 2009; 32, 4; Psyc INFO pg. 199


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