Universal Design for Learning

Creating Course Materials with Accessibility in Mind

The concept of Universal Design emphasizes the importance of considering all types of disabilities and learning styles as new course materials are created. The idea is to present materials in a variety of ways to suit the learning needs of all students from the start, instead of retroactively modifying course materials once a disability is known. By providing course materials in a variety of formats at the beginning of a course, we can demonstrate that there are multiple paths for learning and achievement within the course.

  • Video introduction to Universal Design
  • Learn more about Universal Design for Instruction

WHO benefits?

  • Your students living with disabilities such as low-vision, hearing loss, learning disabilities, and more.
  • Your students who have a wide range of learning preferences and cultural, experiential, and learning experiences.
  • The university because we are complying with the law and working to provide an optimal learning environment for all students.
  • You, the professor, because you are able to have a greater positive impact on the learning of more students. 

WHY use UDL and/or make my content accessible? 

The University is currently developing an accessibility policy to guide our community in meeting the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, summarized in the Section 508 compliance checklist by WebAim and to conform to W3C Web Accessibility Standards, summarized in the WCAG 2.0 checklist by WebAim.

HOW to make your course materials accessible?

Visit the Getting Started page for a list of resources available to assist you in creating accessible content.