Berman, S. (2015). Accelerating access to the curriculum: Universal design for learning targets new supports and on-ramps to the high-speed highway of instruction for students. School Administrator, 10(31). This is a summary describing the shift in thinking about curriculum design brought on by the emergence of UDL in the 1990s.
Nelson, L. L., & Rose, D. H. (2014). Design and deliver: Planning and teaching using universal design for learning. Brookes Publishing. Read Chapter 1: Introducing Universal Design for Learning (UDL), pages 7-21. This section offers an overview of the big ideas behind UDL and describes the principles of UDL. The graphics in this chapter will provide you with a useful foundation for the framework.
Smith Canter, L. L., King, L. H., Williams, J. B., Metcalf, D., & Myrick Potts, K. R. (2017). Evaluating pedagogy and practice of universal design for learning in public schools. Exceptionality Education International, 27(1), 1-16. This resource provides a critical review of UDL.
Goodwin, B., & Hein, H. (2017). Learning styles: It’s complicated: Are learning styles a good way to frame differences? Or a chimera? Educational Leadership, 74(7), 79–80. This brief article offers a critical review of learning styles. The final takeaway in the article is that designing curriculum and instruction from a universal design for learning perspective will ensure teachers consider different learning styles beyond the one they are most comfortable with.
Salend, S. J., & Whittaker, C. R. (2017). UDL: A blueprint for learning success. Educational Leadership, 74(7), 59–63. This article offers a step by step guide to approaching teaching and learning from the universal design perspective.
CAST. (2018). UDL and the learning brain. Author. This short article can be downloaded from this page on the CAST website. The article describes the connection between the brain’s networks and learning.
Pilgrim, J., & Ward, K. A. (2017). Universal design for learning: A framework for supporting effective literacy instruction. In Handbook of research in classroom diversity and inclusive education practice (pp. 282-310). IGI Global. This chapter explains how UDL supports literacy development by design. The background and framework of UDL are connected to research-based literacy instruction.