Universal Design for Learning
Theory and Practice
by Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, & David Gordon
Anne Meyer and David Rose, who first laid out the principles of UDL, provide an ambitious, engaging discussion of new research and best practices. This book gives the UDL field an essential and authoritative learning resource for the coming years.
In the 1990s, Anne Meyer, David Rose, and their colleagues at CAST introduced Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to improve teaching and learning in the digital age, sparking an international reform movement. Now Meyer and Rose return with Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, an up-to-date multimedia online book (with print and e-book options) that leverages more than a decade of research and implementation.
This is the first significant new statement on UDL since 2002, an ambitious, engaging exploration of ideas and best practices that provides the growing UDL field with an essential and authoritative learning resource for the coming years. This new work includes contributions from CAST’s research and implementation teams as well as from many of CAST’s collaborators in schools, universities, and research settings. Readers are invited to contribute ideas, perspectives, and examples from their own practice in an online community of practice.
Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice includes:
- New insights from research on learner differences and how human variability plays out in learning environments
- Research-based discussions of what it means to become expert at learning
- First-hand examples of how to design and implement UDL at all levels and across subjects using the UDL Guidelines
- “Dig Deeper” segments that enrich the main content
- Dozens of original videos and illustrations
- A blended multimedia presentation with interactive activities and tools to save and share notes
- Opportunities to connect with other educators to share ideas and best practices
Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice is available in paperback (
About the authors
Anne Meyer is Co-Founder (with David Rose) of CAST, a nonprofit education research and development organization, and its Chief of Education Design Emeritus. Building on a career-long interest in the intersection of curriculum design and educational psychology, Meyer has led the development of CAST’s award-winning multimedia technology based on UDL.
David H. Rose is Co-Founder (with Anne Meyer) of CAST and its Chief Education Officer. He is a leading architect of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. For more than 30 years, he has taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. George Lucas’s Edutopia magazine has named him one of education’s “Daring Dozen” of innovators. You can follow David on Twitter at @DavidRose_CAST.