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Background Information

Get up to speed with the following digital media, text articles, and cases studies.

UDL at a Glance

A short YouTube video created by CAST that illustrates the three principles of Universal Design for Learning.


The Future is in the Margins: The Role of Technology and Disability in Educational Reform by David H. Rose, Ed. D. and Anne Meyer, Ed. D.

This paper uses the UDL guidelines as a structural framework to highlight the process of learning about how to design better curriculum for everyone by working with students in the academic margins.

VSAM Case Study

View VoiceThread of VSA of Massachusetts Teaching Artist Marsha Parrilla teaching at the Ohrenberger School in Boston, MA. Or try VoiceThread Universal as a more flexible option for displaying VoiceThread. 


What did you see or hear that may be UDL?


Self-Paced Study

Continue exploring the application of Universal Design for Learning to arts-integrated curriculum.


The UDL Guidelines:

UDL Checklists and Visual Diagrams:

Self-Paced Online Modules (OER):

An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

This module provides an introductory overview of the critical features, foundations, and use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It provides background information from the learning sciences that shows how UDL can address learning variability, as well as support expert learning strategies across the neural networks associated with learning. Anyone can use OR remix this resource by signing onto UDL Studio.

USE OER: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning


  1. LOGIN: http://udlstudio.cast.org
  2. TAB: "Discover great projects"
  3. SEARCH: "WSI: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning"
  4. REMIX: Change coach names and images, insert local examples, change assessment items, whatever!
  5. Update the citation on the Creative Commons license page: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Curriculum Design for Inclusive Arts Teaching and Learning (Part 2): Universal Design for Learning

This freely available Open Educational Resource (OER) module focuses on using the Universal Design for Learning framework to review and revise your curriculum to make it more accessible and inclusive. You will learn about the critical features and concepts of UDL in this module presentation, and then you will apply this information to the evaluation and feedback of an arts integration case study. OER Commons.

Articles, Chapters, and Case Studies

Universal Design for Learning and the Arts
(2013) by Don Glass, David Rose, and Anne Meyer. In Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education. The Harvard Educational Review, 83(1).

Harvard Ed Review student art image for article: colorful tempera painting of bees

Voices in ED blog

PDF of Article

UDL Studio remix of article

Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications

(2012). Edited by Tracey E. Hall, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose. The Guilford Press.


Chapter 8: Universal Design for Learning and the Arts Option
by Don Glass, Kati Blair, and Patti Ganley

Three case studies that highlight the UDL features of arts integrated curriculum.



The Contours of Inclusion: Inclusive Arts Teaching and Learning

This publication shares models and case examples of the process of inclusive arts curriculum design and evaluation. In the second set of reflective case studies (pp. 25-46) teaching artists use the UDL Guidelines to explain their process of including students by providing flexible arts learning options to support learning of the state content standards. ERIC ED522677


VSA Case Studies:

Mini-websites from arts residencies that feature UDL checklists and curriculum documentation. The websites were generated from the VSA Communities of Practice and are hosted on CAPE's EASEL system.

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