Universal Design for Learning

3 Principles

The 3 Principles of Universal Design for Learning

Multiple Means of Representation:

Teachers are responsive to the learning styles of students and make adjustments to their teaching practice to allow ALL students to perceive and understand the information that is presented.  These methods of representation may include:

  • Text supported by audio and visual cues
  • Pictures
  • Video and other multimedia representations
  • Tactile materials / manipulatives
  • Smartboards

Multiple Means of Action / Expression:

Teachers promote an environment where students are able to express themselves and communicate what they know using the methods that works best for them.  These methods of expression may include the use of:

  • Picture symbols
  • Gestures
  • Communication devices
  • Written text

Multiple Means of Engagement:

Teachers create an atmosphere where students and classroom staff are partners in the discovery of learning and where students:

  • Are engaged in the learning process
  • Are not frustrated
  • Are motivated to practice what they have learned
  • Want to learn more because they can