Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. This concept was born out of architecture and design, but has great potential to impact disability-related access.
By employing universal design for learning (UDL) strategies, faculty and instructors can create assessments, activities, and course materials that are accessible and inclusive for a diverse range of students. The primary goal of inclusive course design is to maximize student learning by increasing access and participation and reducing individual modifications.
Below are common curricular features and the potential, positive impact of their design with increased access of in-person and online environments.
Provides students options for accessing course content and may remove the need for individual note takers in class
Allows for all students to access written material in the same format without delay for converting
Allows students to demonstrate mastery of course material without the need for accommodations such as extended time
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