#UDLchat: The Ingredients for Making UDL

February 20, 2019
Host: Kimberly Coy

An assortment of vegetables on a cutting board near a skillet | Photo by Katie Smith on Unsplash

Universal Design for Learning is not a recipe to follow. However, there are some ingredients that seasoned UDL practitioners look for to understand whether the UDL framework has been used to design a learning experience. The UDL-IRN has a great resource on UDL Reporting Criteria developed by their Research Committee, which are kind of like ingredients for effective UDL implementation. Are these ingredients the same across contexts? Across disciplines? Across the course of a day? When you eat a pizza, you know you’re eating a pizza whether it’s Chicago-style deep dish, New York thin crust, Neapolitan, Sicilian, Greek, whether it’s shaped like a square or a circle or an amoeba, or whether you’re eating it at your kitchen table, a restaurant, or in the frozen tundra. So how do you know you’re experiencing UDL? What are those deliciously essential UDL ingredients we want everyone to crave?

Our questions give a glimpse into the complexity of this conversation with a dash of humor, as we often find at #UDLchat:

  • Q1: How do you know UDL is happening?
  • Q2: What are some of the ingredients that absolutely must be present for UDL to happen?
  • Q3: If UDL happens in the woods and no one sees it, did it happen? (just kidding…)
  • Q3: How do you, as an designer, know when UDL has happened?
  • Q4: How do you, as a learner, know when UDL has happened?
  • Q5: If you were to create a UDL cocktail/mocktail, what would you name it?

Check out what the #UDLchat PLN had to say in the archived tweets:

What are your thoughts about the ingredients for Universal Design for Learning? What UDL cocktail/mocktail did you invent for the occasion? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation using the #UDLchat hashtag on Twitter.