Universal Design for Learning

This section of the Inclusive Virginia website provides information, instructional strategies,  and resources for adult education practitioners on supporting adult learners with differing abilities.


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not only for learners with {dis}abilities. UDL is an approach to teaching that works to create equitable opportunities for all learners and to make learning more engaging. However, the flexibility of UDL can reduce stigma and make it easier for learners to use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses. UDL guidelines, developed by education nonprofit CAST, identify three key principles: engagementrepresentation, and action and expression.

Instructional strategies for using UDL in the adult education classroom:

UDL in the Classroom

As a college or adult education instructor, beginning to consider how the UDL principles can support instruction may be a confusing process. Below are several “first steps” to consider that begin with the course syllabus and course elements.

Universal Design for Learning Resources