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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 25, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Universal Design for Learning

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone—not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.”—Centre for Applied Special Technology

The Accessible Learning Centre and the Diversity and Equity Office encourage faculty to familiarize themselves with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and incorporate these principles into their course design and delivery whenever practicable.

Building the principles of Universal Design for Learning into your classroom may take a little bit of extra time at first, but doing so can also minimize the need to retrofit courses or assignments and can lead to a more inclusive environment. The following resources and external links will introduce you to the basic principles of UDL, provide suggestions for how to implement these through various tools such as your syllabi, the internet, and assignments, and help you build sustainable flexibility into your courses for the benefit of all your students.


  • Facilitating an Inclusive Classroom
    An introduction to the principles of Universal Design for Learning through classroom examples. Includes a list of further reading.

  • Good, Better, Best: A Universal Design Checklist for Faculty
    This checklists divides principles of Universal Design into good, better, and best practices.

  • Designing Syllabi: A UDL Rubric
    This rubric outlines how to make exemplary syllabi in order to benefit all your students.

  • UDL Brochure
    An introductory pamphlet on the principles of UDL and common questions such as does UDL compromise academic freedom, and how does UDL fit into legal Human Rights Code requirements?

  • Flipping for Accessibility
    This is a basic handout that outlines some of the benefits of using the flipped classroom model in terms of accessibility.

  • Differentiating Technology for Different Learning Styles
    This handout covers different technologies that may be used to suit different styles of learners and students with different types of disabilities. The handout aims to show how adaptive technologies may be used more broadly to benefit students with different learning styles and how other common technologies can benefit students with disabilities.

 External Resources:

  • The Council of Ontario University's
    This website has resources for educators on course planning, student mental health, teaching tips and more. The site includes videos, tip sheets, links to other resources and information about the AODA.

  • Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
  • CAST Universal Design for Learning
    CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.

Related Information Title Type
2013 Accessibility Checklist for Faculty Document
2013 Differentiating Technology for Different Learning Styles Document
2013 Facilitating an Inclusive Classroom Document
2013 Flipping for Accessibility Document
2013 Universal Design for Learning Pamphlet Document
2013 Universal Design for Learning and Designing Syllabi Document