Universal Design for Instruction and Learning
ALL ABOUT UNIVERSAL DESIGN
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) are frameworks that are devised to optimize teaching and learning for diverse groups of students based on scientific insights into how people learn best. Research has found that successful classes are those which employ the 3 tenents of Universal Design: multiple modes of presenting information, multiple ways to actively engage students, and multiple means of assessing knowledge.
Here's an explanatory video series that will reveal "What is Universal Design for Learning?"
UDL’s goal is to maximize access for all diverse learners and to minimize the need for individual adaptations or accommodations.
Below are two Dickinson-specific resources valuable for all faculty, provided by Marni Jones:
- How to Apply Universal Design for Effective Teaching and Learning
- How Dickinson Professors can create Inclusive and Accessible Syllabi and Moodle Pages
And here are additional UD resources:
- Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
- Creating Universally Designed Syllabi and Moodle pages
- Using UD to teach College Students with Learning Disabilities
- UD and Specific Types of Disabilities + Types of Application (Labs, Fieldwork, Group Work, Writing Assignments...)
- Landmark College professor and researcher, Manju Banerjee, who is a neuro-diversity and UDI/UDL expert, was a Clarke Forum guest speaker on 3/3/16. Here is a video of Manju and others discussing How to Get Started Using UDL.
There is an abundance of helpful guidance from colleges and universities across the US that are successfully incorporating UDL/UDI in their curricula. Here are some great examples: