Universal Design for Learning
Accessible Learning Centre and the Diversity and Equity Office encourage
faculty to familiarize themselves with the principles of Universal Design for
Learning (UDL) and incorporate these principles into their course design and
delivery whenever practicable.
Building the principles of Universal Design for Learning into your classroom may take a little bit of extra time at first, but doing so can also minimize the need to retrofit courses or assignments and can lead to a more inclusive environment. The following resources and external links will introduce you to the basic principles of UDL, provide suggestions for how to implement these through various tools such as your syllabi, the internet, and assignments, and help you build sustainable flexibility into your courses for the benefit of all your students.
- Accessibility and Inclusion in the Classroom: A Conversation with Dr. Finn
This short video features Communications professor Dr. Finn discussing how he teaches for different learning styles.
- Accessibility and Inclusion in the Classroom: A Conversation with Dr. Bretz
This short video features English professor Dr. Bretz discussing how he uses technology in the classroom to make Shakespeare more accessible.
- Facilitating an Inclusive Classroom
An introduction to the principles of Universal Design for Learning through classroom examples. Includes a list of further reading.
- Good, Better, Best: A Universal Design Checklist for Faculty
This checklists divides principles of Universal Design into good, better, and best practices.
- Designing Syllabi: A UDL Rubric
This rubric outlines how to make exemplary syllabi in order to benefit all your students.
- UDL Brochure
An introductory pamphlet on the principles of UDL and common questions such as does UDL compromise academic freedom, and how does UDL fit into legal Human Rights Code requirements?
- Flipping for Accessibility
This is a basic handout that outlines some of the benefits of using the flipped classroom model in terms of accessibility.
- Differentiating Technology for Different Learning Styles
This handout covers different technologies that may be used to suit different styles of learners and students with different types of disabilities. The handout aims to show how adaptive technologies may be used more broadly to benefit students with different learning styles and how other common technologies can benefit students with disabilities.
- The Council of Ontario University's AccessibleCampus.ca
This website has resources for educators on course planning, student mental health, teaching tips and more. The site includes videos, tip sheets, links to other resources and information about the AODA.
- Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
- UOIT Universal Design for Learning Online Training Module
This module was developed by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in response to the Ontario Government's requirement for educators under Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
- CAST Universal Design for Learning
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology: Accessibility in Laboratories
- University of Ottawa: A Guide for Professors: Minimizing the Impact of Learning Obstacles
- NEADS Training for Faculty and Staff Resources
NEADS (The National Educational Association of Disabled Students) is a consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities.
- Universal Design for Learning Case Studies- Videos
8 video case studies about how faculty can reach more students using a UDL approach. Videos cover topics including flowcharting, integrating technology, small group activities, understanding abstract theories and more.
|2013||Accessibility Checklist for Faculty||Document|
|2013||Differentiating Technology for Different Learning Styles||Document|
|2013||Facilitating an Inclusive Classroom||Document|
|2013||Flipping for Accessibility||Document|
|2013||Universal Design for Learning Pamphlet||Document|
|2013||Universal Design for Learning and Designing Syllabi||Document|