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Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning

December 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We know the one-size-fits-all approach to learning design is not optimal. But how do we incorporate flexibility into teaching and learning while still maintaining rigorous learning? In this two-part workshop, participants will learn the three principles that underpin Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an evidence-based pedagogical framework that fosters motivated, resourceful and strategic learners. They will have the opportunity to apply these principles to a teaching artifact of their choice, be it a syllabus, assignment and/or teaching practice. Participants will come away with an expanded understanding of learner variability, how it can be leveraged as an asset in the classroom, and how to make learning more accessible for their students. No previous experience with UDL is necessary. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the 3 main principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Explain why each principle is important to consider when designing inclusive learning opportunities
  • Critique a proposed learning activity and identify potential barriers to equitable access
  • Propose ways of re-designing a learning community to foster equity by following the principles of UDL


Katie Healey, University of California, Los Angeles
Amanda Modell, Stanford University



December 7, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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