Post Secondary educators can increase educational reach with Universal Design for Learning
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Keywords

Universal design for learning
course design
post-secondary
student diversity

How to Cite

Coy, K. (2017). Post Secondary educators can increase educational reach with Universal Design for Learning. Educational Renaissance, 5(1), 27-36. https://doi.org/10.33499/edren.v5i1.94

Abstract

Meeting the needs of a variety of learners in college and university settings is of vital importance. By designing courses infused with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, guidelines and checkpoints; professors and instructors create environments targeted toward meeting the educational needs of a wider variety of students. UDL works most effectively at the design stage. This paper aims to support learning environment design by presenting ten specific strategies for infusing UDL within post-secondary courses at the university level. These strategies will include: identifying barriers to learning, alternatives for participating during class time, effective alternative assessments based on construct relevance and UDL meta cognitive goals and transparency.

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