Aligned to the Center for Applied Special Technology’s (CAST) three main principles of UDL, the HUDL initiative has designed a framework that includes course design and facilitation under the overarching umbrella of inclusive pedagogy* and accessibility, both of which are an inherent part of UDL.
*Inclusive pedagogy is an approach to teaching that creates a learning environment that is beneficial to students of all backgrounds. Content and activities consider the varied perspectives of students and engages them in intentional ways to overcome barriers to learning. In other words, inclusive pedagogy is an approach that aims to make learning accessible to all students.
Within this framework, HUDL has defined four areas of focus that faculty can begin to implement immediately in both the course design and facilitation processes:
- Include course and module learning objectives aligned to assessments
- Provide diverse assessment strategies including both formative and summative assessments
- Represent content in a variety of formats
- Incorporate active learning strategies
The HUDL ambassadors developed a HUDL Rubric [PDF file], which is a tiered approach to implementing UDL in courses with an emphasis on the four areas of focus. The rubric includes specific criteria for each area to help evaluate current courses, as well as revise existing courses or develop new courses.