Universal Design for Learning

CAST developed Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that recognizes learner variability and is a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches to teaching and learning. With UDL, we start with high standards for all and apply flexible means so that each learner finds appropriate learning challenges and supports. In fact, the UDL framework helps educators to maximize “desirable challenges” (such as the challenge to meet high standards) and minimize “undesirable” ones (such as frustration and boredom). With UDL we optimize learning opportunities for all.

CAST's illustration of a brain with the affective network highlighted in the middle of the brain.

Affective Networks

The “Why” of Learning

CAST's illustration of a brain with the Recognition network highlighted at the back of the brain.

Recognition Networks

The “What” of Learning

CAST's illustration of a brain with the affective network highlighted in the middle off brain.

Strategic Networks

The “How” of Learning