UDL: A Paradigm Shift

Is it possible to apply the principles of universal design to learning?

architecture applied to learning- images of ramp and test sheet with pencil

At the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST),  researchers have carefully considered the change that UD brought to the field of architecture.  CAST assumes that learner diversity is the norm in today’s classrooms, and as such, educators must account for this by embedding flexibility into curriculum, which they define as goals, materials, methods and assessment.  To learn more about CAST’s view on UDL and conceptual change, click here.


CAST defines UDL as “an educational approach to curriculum design and implementation, drawing on new brain research and new media technologies to respond to learner diversity” (www.cast.org).

 Listen to CAST Founder David Rose discuss the beginnings of UDL


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