Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that optimizes learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. UDL approaches strive to make courses as fully accessible as possible beginning from the design stage. As a GSC faculty member, you may already engage in UDL by:
- Presenting key content in more than one format, such as by providing activities, written discussion summaries and/or media-based content along with actively managing the weekly discussions
- Providing an appropriate variety and number of assessments (activities, learning checks, and assignments) to ensure that students can adequately demonstrate knowledge and skill in the subject
A UDL approach to course design provides equity to students with disabilities and also benefits many learners without disabilities. Explore the following resources to learn more.
If you have questions about UDL and accessibility, please review the GSC Student Disability Services Overview (PowerPoint), visit the Student Disability Services website, or contact Tina Underwood, Student Disability Services and Academic Support Coordinator, by e-mail or phone at 603-513-1140.
Granite State College Resources
This web resource provides considerations and tips to enhance UDL in courses.
An introduction to screen readers as well as tips about how to create screen-reader friendly pages.
An introduction to closed captioning and creating effective image descriptions as well as tips about how to develop or retrieve closed captioning for videos and other rich media.
Explore GSC’s Student Disability Services web page, including information on ADA, rights and responsibilities, reasonable accommodations, and more.
Explore GSC's Academic Support Services web page that describes supports available to students at GSC to ensure a successful learning experience for your students.
A nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.
The National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information.