Universal Design for Learning at the University of Waikato

22 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2020

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Myra Williamson

University of Waikato; Kuwait International Law School

Date Written: May 2, 2019


This is a literature review concerning Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the context of higher education. Section one discusses the history and evolution of UDL and its relationship with Universal Design (UD). Section two describes the UDL guidelines set forth by the Centre for Applied Special Technology (CAST). Essentially, the CAST UDL guidelines state that all learning environments should provide multiples means of representation, multiple means of engagement and multiple means of action and expression. Section three seeks to identify and explain what the author considers to be the main themes of UDL in higher education. Section four identifies the main challenges to implementing UDL in higher education. Section five explores what the existing research has to say about the effects of UDL on student learning and the student experience. Section six is a brief reflection and conclusion.There is an appendix with a list of institutions (outside of the US) that have adopted UDL to differing extents and some links to the respective institutions' websites. This literature review was commissioned by the University of Waikato as part of a research project into UDL and how it can be better integrated into teaching and learning at that institution.

Keywords: Universal Design for Learning, UDL, Universal Instructional Design, UID, Universal Design for Instruction, UDI, teaching and learning, learning disabilities, learning environment, effective learning environments, curricula design

JEL Classification: I2, I20, I23, I24, I30, I3, I30, I31, I39

Suggested Citation

Williamson, Myra, Universal Design for Learning at the University of Waikato (May 2, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3628863 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3628863

Myra Williamson (Contact Author)

University of Waikato ( email )

New Zealand

Kuwait International Law School ( email )

Block 4, Building 800005
Doha City, Jahra 93151

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