Focus: Inclusive Education (Programming for Student Success)

What Learning Coaches Need to Know About UDL

This resource has been designed to support learning coaches in creating a deeper understanding of UDL: what it is, why it matters, and how it might be used to support the learning of all students. Video clips from the August 2011 Alberta UDL Summer Institute were reviewed and identified by learning coaches for learning coaches – and supporting resources are attached. These resources are compiled to give a general overview of UDL and to support learning about the three principles of UDL as outlined below.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to curricular design and educational practice that leverages technology in shaping inclusive educational environments. UDL describes three main principles to guide the selection and development of learning environments, resources and activities that support individual learning differences and reduce curricular barriers: multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation, and multiple means of action and expression.

What is UDL?

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

An introduction to UDL.


Multiple Means of Engagement

Tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately and motivate them to learn.


Multiple Means of Representation

Give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge.

Action and Expression

Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know.

This resource was developed under the leadership of ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.