Implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in your classroom

Implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in your classroom

Extraordinary Learning & Teaching Network meeting

 Wednesday 19th July

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an inclusive approach to designing teaching and learning with the aim to give all students equal opportunity to succeed. This hybrid workshop outlined a practical approach to applying UDL in higher education. 

Focussing on critical instructional design considerations, the workshop demonstrated how the UDL principles of Engagement, Representation and Action & Expression can be applied at the point at which learning experiences are designed, becoming staple pillars of the design process rather than bolt-on “tips and tricks”.

The workshop demonstrated how all learners can be supported effectively when there is a deliberate focus on ensuring that learning environments espouse important characteristics designed for maximum inclusivity. Throughout the workshop important questions were posed and tasks set to support colleagues in taking their first steps to becoming a true architect of accessible, inclusive and equitable education.

Recording of Session


Kevin L. Merry is Head of Academic Development, and Associate Professor of Learning, Teaching and Assessment at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, United Kingdom. In his role, Kevin supports the adoption and application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) among the University’s large community of academic and professional services staff. He supports curriculum and instructional design, provides professional development and training, and develops resources and materials to support UDL implementation at DMU. An award-winning teacher, Kevin has received accolades for his approaches to accessible and inclusive curriculum design and has become internationally renowned for his work on UDL. Through his role as founder and chair of the UDL United Kingdom and Ireland Higher Education Network (UDL-UKI), Kevin has supported adoption and implementation of UDL at higher education institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. The purpose of the UDL-UKI network is to identify, promote and support the development of approaches, models, tools, and practices that enable effective UDL practice in higher education settings.