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Incorporating Universal Design in Learning principles into your course is a best practice and allows for the greatest access by students.

UDL Checklist

Use the following checklist to evaluate the specific UDL elements incorporated into your class. This is not intended as a rigid checklist but as a framework.

General

        I provide a statement or information is contained in my course syllabus that specifies campus-based student support services, including disability support services.

        I provide a comprehensive syllabus that clearly specifies all course requirements, course expectations and due dates.

        I offer multiple forms of contact information so students have varied ways to contact me with questions or concerns.

Representation

        I utilize multiple methods of expressing general course content utilizing different modes (visual, graphic, verbal, auditory, etc.) so students have varied ways to access the course content.

        I provide multiple ways of clearly identifying and explaining essential course concepts (video lecture with guided notes, etc.).

        I ensure accessibility in all course content and materials (accessible websites, captioned videos, e-textbooks, etc.).

        I provide examples and/or illustrations of all major course assignments or activities.

Engagement

        I offer varied instructional methods to involve students in the learning process throughout the semester (field trips, reading, lecture, small group work, online assignments, class discussion or discussion board, etc.).

        I encourage natural support systems (group wikis, discussion board, study buddy, partner work, study groups, etc.).

        I provide alternatives for students on how they can participate or complete all major course assignments or activities. (provide a menu of assignments for students to pick and choose which best works with their learning style or needs.)

Expression

        I offer clear and specific feedback on assignments and encourage re-submission of assignments as appropriate. I allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of subject matter through a variety of means (oral presentation, written report etc.).

        I encourage the use of assistive, adaptive or other technologies to ensure that students can accurately express what they know.

        provide clear guidelines and/or evaluation rubrics for all major course assignments or activities. This can also serve as a guide for you to identity specific aspects of your course.


Adapted from EnACT: Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology Fall 2007


Useful Resources:

EnACT   offers resources for faulty 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 the UDL principle.

Last Modified 8/9/10