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CAST Unveils New UDL Guidelines Website

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Illustration of three UDL brain networks: affective, recognition, strategic

CAST today announced a new online home for the UDL Guidelines, udlguidelines.cast.org. The new site—designed and built by CAST’s inhouse team and utilizing the CAST Figuration front-end framework—gives users an accessible, responsive experience across platforms and devices to access this essential resource for the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) field.

While the wording of the Guidelines has not changed, new graphic organizers, an FAQ, and other features make them easier to use and share. The UDL Guidelines are organized according to the three main principles of UDL that address learner engagement, representation of information, and acting on and expressing knowledge. For each of these areas, specific "Checkpoints" for options are highlighted, followed by examples of practical suggestions.

“The Guidelines were first introduced to the field by CAST 10 years ago and revised in 2011,” says Mindy Johnson, CAST’s new Director of Digital Communications & Outreach. “This new site—created through a generous gift from a longtime friend of CAST—brings the presentation of this invaluable tool for implementing the UDL framework up to 2018 standards.”

Johnson adds that a new gift will allow CAST to make further improvements in coming months, including new videos, an updated literature review, fresh examples and resources, and more.