How can principles of universal design be applied to technology-based math content?

DO-IT Factsheet #228

Applying universal design principles results in products and environments that are usable by most people without having to make special adaptations. Universal design applied to educational environments, especially when technology is involved, is referred to by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) as Universal Design for Learning [1] (UDL). UDL promotes the design of learning experiences that can be effective for students with a wide variety of characteristics, including disabilities. UDL products use flexible, multiple approaches to meet the needs of diverse learners.

UDL principles can be applied to the design of mathematical content delivered using instructional technology as demonstrated in the examples that follow:

For more information on universal design and accessible math, consult the following DO-IT Knowledge Base articles: How can universal design be applied to instruction? [3], What is universal design? [4], and What is MathML? [5].

Additional resources for applying universal design in educational settings can be found at the Center for Universal Design in Education [6].