Thanks for joining us! These web pages will introduce you to the practice of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a teaching and learning framework designed to help break down structural barriers in traditional educational practice and promote greater equity and inclusion for a diversity of learners. UDL is essential to our work at the Teaching and Learning Exchange (TLX). We are developing a more comprehensive UDL page for the GBC community—stay tuned for updates throughout the 2023/24 academic year!
UDL is a framework for teaching and learning, created by the Centre for Applied Special Technology (CAST). It is based on the principles of Universal Design in architecture, which seek to ensure that built environments can be used to the greatest extent possible by as many people as possible. Just like Universal Design asserts that people with a variety of different access needs can and should fully participate in public space, UDL assumes that learners who are traditionally pushed out of classroom environments – including but not limited to learners with disabilities – are valuable members of a learning community who deserve to be supported.