Seven Ways to Introduce UDL into Your Classroom

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) emerged about ten years ago as a barrier-free approach to teaching and learning. Educators who have included it in their practice have shared that it has revolutionized their teaching practice. Here are some ways to introduce UDL into a classroom, from Text Help (

· Start by knowing your students’ strengths and weaknesses: Each student is unique. Some may do better reading and working independently, while others excel after watching YouTube videos and working in groups.  The goal is to understand their strengths and weaknesses. There are many surveys that can help you learn more about individual strengths and weaknesses. You should also be prepared to create an individual education plan for students requiring specific accommodations or modifications. 

· Use digital materials when possible: With digital content you can increase font size, easily look up definitions, use text-to-speech to read text aloud, and link out to more detailed information on almost any topic imaginable. 

· Low and no-tech options exist: It’s important to know that technology is not required to implement UDL. UDL is all about removing barrier. One way to do this is by providing a range of options when presenting content or asking students to demonstrate their knowledge. Instead of using technology you can still offer multiple means of representation with things like graphic organizers and handheld whiteboards that students can use as response cards. The goal is to make sure that all students have a way to participate and learn.

· Start small: Implementing the principles of Universal Design for Learning doesn’t happen overnight. Begin by taking one lesson and consider ways to represent the content in multiple ways to reduce barriers and help increase student comprehension. 

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