Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational “framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning based on scientific insights into how people learn”.[1]  The three main principles of UDL are: Provide Multiple Means of Representation; Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression; and Provide Multiple Means of Engagement. Designing courses with UDL can improve equitable access to learning experiences for all students, regardless of their diverse abilities, backgrounds, or learning preferences by emphasizing flexibility, customization, and inclusivity.

Technology and UDL

Educational technologies are often used to support UDL.


Technology enables educators to provide content in various formats (e.g. text, images, audio, videos, etc.) UDL practitioners advocate for a “plus one” approach, such as providing videos and their transcripts or text description plus diagrams.

Action and Expression

The UDL framework advocates that students are enabled to demonstrate their learning in various formats. Technology tools can support students to complete assignments and evidence achievement of learning outcomes through audio recordings, videos, visual presentations, and more.


UDL proposes that learners differ in how they are engaged when learning. Since there is no single way to increase engagement for each student, providing a variety of options is important. Technology can play a crucial role here by providing interactive platforms, multimedia resources, and gamified elements that can engage learners.

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Langara’s Supported Tools and UDL

Many of Langara’s supported tools can support UDL, including Brightspace, PebblePad, Kaltura, H5P, and other technologies.

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