Universal Instructional Design and Universal Design for Learning

Universal Instructional Design (UID) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are frameworks to help make teaching and learning more accessible for all learners: 

UID is based on seven principles that outline how instruction, instructional materials, and the learning environment can or should:seven principles of UID graphic

  • be accessible and fair,
  • be flexible,
  • be straightforward and consistent 
  • be explicit
  • be supportive,
  • minimize unnecessary physical effort, and
  • accommodate students and multiple teaching methods.

Universal Design for Learning is grounded in three principles with a clear focus on the learner

  1. Provide multiple means of representation of information and content
  2. Provide multiples means of action and expression
  3. Provide multiple means of engagement