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One core concept of Universal Design includes anticipating and planning for the diverse needs of potential users which results in a product better suited to the needs of all users. When applying the concept of Universal Design to instruction, the desired outcomes should be designed to benefit all students. This thoughtful pre-planning results in a better learning experience for all students. Utilizing Universal Design principles can save time for instructors, reduce possible stigma associated with asking for special accommodations, and provide a greater sense of equity and fairness for students in your course.

Below is a framework to assist in creating a course design that is aligned with these principles:

Learning Objectives


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Creating the Assignment — Outcomes and Deliverables: introduces the basics behind creating assignment outcomes that work in tandem with assignment deliverables.

Motivating Students: links to resources addressing various questions such as how to create challenging assignments and making sure students are doing the readings.

What Are Learning Objectives?: focuses on setting up course objectives. Included on this page is a basic overview of what learning objectives are and the basics behind writing them.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs): provides examples and descriptions of CATs that can be modified and used in any course.

Frequent, Prompt and Facilitative: offers a description of CATs and additional resources for including them in your classroom.

Universal Design and Blackboard (PDF logo PDF [an error occurred while processing this directive] ): addresses important considerations in setting up a Blackboard course site, such as accessibility considerations for posting documents, creating consistent course navigation, and other issues in creating an online learning environment that benefits different learning styles.