Universal Design learning – To use different teaching methods to break down any barriers to learning

The goal of the Universal Design learning is to remove all the barriers that disabilities can create. Afterwards, all the students shall have the same opportunities to succeed. They are many examples of UDL in everyday life. Closed captions, automatic doors and accessibility features on smartphones are all examples of universal design. The aim is that everyone become a potential UDL user even if they are not essential. This way, it helps people with disabilities and improves lives of people without disabilities.

It is now way more current to provide adapted solution of digital text for kids who have reading difficulties. Human is a multi-learner, and everyone does not have the same way to learn. UDL provides a framework where several tools that might be used to adapt to each student specific way of learning. Digital tools with multiple options can help. Today, there are more and more things we learn online in school and in the university. It is benefic to provide a variety of different ways that student can access information, it improves their learning skills and creativity. When they read, hear, and interact with the information (highlighting, commenting, pointing out…), this is already UDL.

Today, adults are more and more brought to learn things, lots of them even decide to go back to university. When you get older, it is more difficult to learn things. Learning information is a faculty that is incredible when you are a kid, and it decreases all along your life. In this context, UDL is wonderful opportunity for adult to keep learning in the university but also in the everyday life. The abilities to interact with the text, to choose the font or to listen to the text can help adult to keep learning.