Universal design for learning (UDL) is meant to be a proactive approach to common and systemic learning barriers. UDL implementation makes learning more accessible, inclusive and tractable for all students, while supporting faculty to save time and effort when teaching.
The sections below outline UDL implementation ideas and ready-to-use UDL initiatives that are designed with three elements in mind:
- Based on universal design for learning guidelines.
- Reduction of individual accommodation needs.
- Benefits for students and faculty.
In the tabs to the left you will find a number of current universal design for learning implementation ideas and initiatives. These UDL ideas provide a proactive approach to common accommodation requests, and can be implemented quickly and easily.
More implementation ideas and initiatives will be added to this section as they are developed.
UDL Course Statement
If you have included accessible and inclusive UDL elements have been included in a course, be explicit and let students know by including a UDL statement on the eLearn course site and/or course learning plan.
Below is a sample of a UDL statement that can be copied, pasted and modified for the course(s), based on the UDL features that have been included.
Universal Design for Learning
This course has been designed using Universal Design for Learning guidelines. The following elements have been incorporated into the course to support accessibility and promote inclusion:
- 100% additional time has been added to eLearn quizzes.
- Varied assessment methods within the course.
- Course content has been written in HTML so the text can be read using the “Listen” button at the top of each page.
- Course materials provided in multiple formats (PowerPoint and PDF).
- Closed captioning or a transcript provided for videos.
- Access to a text-to-speech tool to support listening to course content that is outside of eLearn.
If you are interested in implementing UDL or any of these initiatives, need support to customize UDL for your course(s) or have implementation ideas, please connect with Darla Benton Kearney, Universal Design for Learning Curriculum Consultant, in the Centre for Teaching & Learning, at darla.benton [at] mohawkcollege.ca or extension 3688.
Take the UDL Course Assessment to determine the UDL elements currently in your course(s) and gain additional resources to support further UDL implementation.