Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities. UDL operates on the premise that the planning and delivery of instruction, as well as the evaluation of learning, can incorporate inclusive attributes that embrace diversity in learners without compromising academic standards. Today's college student population is increasingly diverse in educational background, age, gender, culture, ability, disability, and primary language. Universal Design for Learning has inclusive instructional design elements that are helpful in reaching a broad range of learners.
To apply universal design, instructors should consider the potential variation in individual skills and learning styles as they select instructional strategies and methods of evaluation. UDL provides 'a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for learning. For more information see the University of Washington's Do It Project website.