Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is being implemented at DMU because it has the potential to enhance learning and teaching for ALL our students. It provides a framework to identify and promote existing good practices across the institution, many of which already address the principles of UDL.
The relevance to all DMU students is based on research findings that the natural variability in learners is the rule, not the exception. As a result, learning should be designed to take into account that variability. The three main principles of UDL (and the associated guidance) provide an inclusive experience with high-quality learning environments that focus on:-
- Student engagement – through including multiple avenues that effectively capture student interest as well as sustaining deep, meaningful interactions with core material;
- Representation of content – through using a variety of methods to represent content and information with options for perception, language & symbols and comprehension;
- Action & expression – through including multiple ways for demonstrating knowledge and understanding.
The UDL approach has particular significance for DMU now because of the Government’s proposed changes to the Disability Support Allowance (DSA). With over 16% of our students having a declared disability, this has significant implications for up to £6.5m funding for DMU students.Other pages available include…