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Universal Design in Learning is designed to benefit all students and all learning styles including the learning disabled.

Benefits and Pitfalls

Benefits and Pitfalls of the Different Types of Distance Learning Courses

There are three basic types of Distance Learning Course:

  1. Traditional Distance Learning Courses.
  2. Distance Learning Courses designed keeping in mind the idea of Universal Design (UD).
  3. Distance Learning Courses designed using the Universal Design for Learning Principle (UDL)
  Traditional UD UDL
Who Designed for typical user Designed for "most" users, considers physical and sensory Designed for "all", considers physical, sensory and learning process access
Benefits
  • Initial costs and design time are low
  • Quick & dirty design is easy
  • Faculty need little training & support
  • Later costs lower
  • Accessibility is built-in
  • Reduces the number of accommodation requests
  • Attracts students with sensory and physical disabilities
  • Virtually no cost later
  • Built in physical, sensory and learning preference accessibility
  • Virtually no accommodation requests
  • Attracts more students with LD
  • Accommodates students with different Learning Styles
Pitfalls
  • Later costs can be much higher
  • Many accommodation requests
  • Loose students with disabilities
  • Potential lawsuits
  • Initial costs are a little higher
  • Requires training in UD/web accessibility
  • Doesn't necessarily help students with LD
  • Initial costs are higher
  • Requires more training
  • Much more time spent on design
The Law Not in compliance Compliance to the "letter" of the law Beyond compliance to "best practice"

Adapted from AccessIt webinar 2006.

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Useful Resources:

EnAcT offers resources for faculty that support their understanding and implementation of UDL at the post secondary level.

CAST offers opportunities and resources to help educators meet the challenge of teaching diverse learners using UDL principles.

Last Modified 8/9/10