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PD Playlist: Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in higher education aims to remove barriers to learning and make course design accessible and inclusive for all learners. The UDL framework stems from universal design in architecture and was developed following two decades of cognitive science research by neuroscientists at CAST, a nonprofit education research and development organization. The three main principles of UDL include addressing learners’ motivation and interests through multiple means of engagement, providing learners with different ways to access information through multiple means of representation, and offering learners alternative ways to demonstrate their learning through multiple means of action and expression. 

To help anyone interested in learning about UDL, TCDC has compiled another “PD Playlist.” We’ve arranged the resources from “sound bite” to “radio play” to “extended dance mix” and “full LP.” Some options will take just a few minutes of your time while others will require a longer commitment.   

Visit the TCDC site, to view the entire catalogue of PD Playlists. 

January’s PD Playlist

Sound Bites <10 minutes  

UDL: A Powerful Framework  (Article | 00:05:00) 
This short Faculty Focus article gives an overview of the UDL framework.  

Radio Play<20 minutes   

How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Minutes? (Video | 00:18:29) 

In this Magna video, Thomas Tobin offers an overview of UDL and presents a strategy for quickly implementing UDL principles into a course.  

Extended Dance Mix <60 minutes 

FLO Friday: UDL in Practice (webinar | 01:00:39)
This BCcampus webinar, led by Carolee Clyne of UNBC, showcases UDL examples and ideas. 

Full LP >1 hour  

Equity by Design: Delivering on the Power and Promise of UDL (ebook | 04:00:00)
The authors, Chardin and Novak, link social justice with UDL and offer many suggestions for classroom implementation.  


Attend the TCDC Lunch and Learn: Faculty Perspectives on Implementing Universal Design for Learning. January 24 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PST. For more information and to register, please visit the TCDC website. 

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