Module 1: Introduction and Overview of UDL

Authors: Nick Baker, University of Windsor;  Darla Benton Kearney, Mohawk College; Christine Zaza, University of Waterloo

Doodle of universal design for learning model.

(Forsythe, 2021)

Have you ever heard of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? What is it and why does it matter? The Introduction and Overview of UDL module gives a synopsis of UDL, including its origins and examples. This module will ensure participants have a foundational understanding of UDL with opportunities to reflect on how it can improve inclusion, equity, and access in all of our teaching and learning environments. Throughout this module, you will be asked to define and redefine what UDL might be for you as an educator and within your specific context.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe key elements of the UDL guidelines and their purpose

Learning Activities and Assessments

  1. Define and refine activity and module assessment
  2. Reflection questions throughout the module
  3. Application activity

Your responses to the learning activities and assessment will not need to be submitted in this module, but may be used as a foundation for discussions or as part of an implementation plan.

Time Commitment

Approximately 90 minutes


Forsythe, G. (2021). UDL Guidelines Doodle edition. [Infographic]. Flickr. CC BY 2.0.


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