Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning is an approach that helps to integrate accessibility from the beginning of the instructional design process, rather than retro-fitting instruction. To learn more about Universal Design for Learning, explore resources, and find out how to apply in higher education, visit some of the following websites:
National Center on Universal Design for Learning: Learn the basics about Universal Design for Learning, read about the research that supports it, connect with others, and find practical resources for implementation.
Ten Simple Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses: Implementing the principles of universal design in online learning means anticipating the diversity of students that may enroll in your course and planning accordingly. These ten key elements will greatly enhance the accessibility and usability of your course for students with and without disabilities.
UDL-Universe: Universal Design for Learning and your Syllabus: Evaluate the universal usability of your syllabus with a rubric and learn strategies for improving the quality.
UDL in Higher Ed: See how UDL applies to higher education learning environments and find additional resources for deeper understanding. This site also offers practical information about getting started, case stories that are examples of courses and programs that use UDL to improve student success and links to some colleges and universities that have UDL initiatives.