Improving Student Outcomes in Postsecondary Education Through Universal Design for Learning

April 27, 2015

Tuesday, April 28th

1:30 to 3:00 pm EST

Postsecondary education institutions can improve retention and graduation rates by implementing an inclusive learning strategy, known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Every student learns differently, so postsecondary education faculty and staff need to appeal to a variety of ways students think, learn, and problem solve independently and effectively. UDL promotes a framework to make course instruction, materials, and content accessible and engaging for students of all learning styles. The UDL model promotes:

  • Multiple Means of Representation, which provide learners various ways to acquire information and knowledge;
  • Multiple Means of Expression, which provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know; and,
  • Multiple Means of Engaging, which taps into learners' different kinds of interests and motivations.

These instructional strategies provide both physical and cognitive access to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all students.

This webinar provides an orientation to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for postsecondary education professionals as a strategy for increasing student success. Presenter Sam Johnston with CAST will explain how postsecondary education professionals can use UDL to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all students based on scientific insights into how humans learn.


This webinar is the first in a series of webinars for postsecondary education faculty and staff being hosted by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). NCWD/Youth is a national technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Visit NCWD/Youth online at or contact us at [email protected].