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Courses: UDOIT

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

The principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provide a framework for addressing diverse accessibility needs while simultaneously enhancing courses for all learners. The principles of UDL apply to all learning environments, not just online.

Using Universal Design Practices in Course Design

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles that provides teachers with a structure to develop instruction to meet the diverse needs of all learners. A research-based framework, UDL suggests that each student learns in a unique manner so a one-size-fits-all approach is not effective. By creating options for how instruction is presented, how students express their ideas, and how teachers can engage students in their learning, instruction can be customized and adjusted to meet individual student needs.

If I don't have a student needing special accommodations, why employ Universal Design?

Most accommodations benefit all audiences and enhance content usability.

Do I need to re-create all my teaching materials to be accessible?

If you do not currently have a student that needs accommodation and you have not been notified of a student needing accommodation in the upcoming term, you can continue to use current materials and methods.

However, it is to your advantage to make all new materials accessible and remediate legacy materials over time. It can lower your risk of being unprepared for needed accommodations at a future date. Additionally, Canvas now has UDoIT available in all courses. This program will scan your material and let you know whether or not it is accessible.