About This Section
This section explores the ways in which Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help enhance the assessment and instructional cycle. UDL promotes the use of multiple options for assessments in order to yield more accurate information about what students know and can do. Taking advantage of the flexibility of digital media and online delivery systems, UDL prioritizes frequent, formative measures of assessment that can lead to better instructional decision-making.
This resource describes how to apply the principles of UDL to postsecondary assessments to help identify and minimize construct-irrelevant barriers in order to increase the relevance and accuracy of assessment measures.
The resource will also discuss how instructors and course developers can consider specific data elements in the context of the three UDL principles, and how these data elements can be used to make improvements to the learning environment.
UDL is an educational approach based on the learning sciences with three primary principles—multiple means of representation of information, multiple means of student action and expression, and multiple means of student engagement.
Assessment is the process of gathering information about a learner’s performance using a variety of methods and materials in order to determine learners’ knowledge, skills, and motivation for the purpose of making informed educational decisions.