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What is UDL?


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Universal Design for Learning is a framework that integrates what we know about how we learn into the design of learning  environments that emphasize expert learning:

  • Inspired by advances in cognitive neuroscience
  • Optimizes teaching and learning
  • Removes barriers to learning

A critical addition to the SLC is the recent establishment of the UDL Innovation Studio in 2017.  The Studio is a hub where researchers, faculty, clinicians, students, and technology developers can work together to develop new models and practices for educating all students, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized by existing methods and materials.


Goals of the UDL Innovation Studio are to:

  • Foster expert learners who are prepared for the 21st century

  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and deep learning from Stanford faculty to students

  • Incorporate UD and UDL into design thinking for students and faculty


The UDL Innovation Studio aims to:

  • Teach broadly about the role of neuroscience in learning, assessment and design      ·      

  • Create partnerships with Stanford faculty to rethink course design to foster expert learning and knowledge transfer

  • Support Stanford faculty through quarter-length coaching with a UDL Specialist from the UDL Innovation Studio

  • Model the implementation of UDL for faculty at Stanford and other institutions of higher education

  • Develop and disseminate new knowledge about UDL in higher education

  • Innovate new ideas and tools to support all individuals

  • Create partnerships with Stanford students to support the design process using the UDL and UD frameworks

  • Successfully transition students into the workforce and society as expert learners.

This Studio at Stanford is a first-in-the-nation, replicable model for UDL development for postsecondary institutions, aligned with the National Center on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at CAST. Stanford students, faculty, and staff are the primary beneficiaries of the Studio’s work.

If you are interested in partnering with the Schwab Learning Center or if you would like the UDL Innovation Studio Director to contact you, please click here. To better serve you, we would like you to fill out a brief registration form. Thank you.

More information about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be found here.