The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of UDL to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Applying the UDL Guidelines is a high leverage practice for learning identified in the NETP. The Guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline to ensure that all learners can access, participate in, and benefit from meaningful, challenging learning opportunities. UDL supports the development of learning environments that nurture “expert learners” who have agency in their learning and are increasingly in charge of their learning processes.
Technology increases the flexibility and responsiveness that UDL aims to facilitate for students in the classroom. While implementing UDL does not require technology, technology does facilitate flexibility and personalization. For example, if a student struggles with reading, providing an electronic copy of the text and pairing it with text-to-speech software makes the text more accessible to that learner.