Universal Design

Universal Design for Learning

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning
Tuition and Registration
EDUC 652 960 Summer: June 23 - August 1, 2014
EDUC 652 900 Fall: November 3 - December 12, 2014

Who should enroll?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides trainers and educators with a structure to develop their online, blended/hybrid and face-to-face learning and meet the wide range of diversity among all learners. UDL is a research-based framework that suggests that a one-size-fits-all approach to curricula is not effective.

Participants will learn how universal design works with initiatives and structures already existing in industry training and development, schools, and nonprofit organizations (e.g., common core state standards, educator effectiveness, RtI, and PBIS).


Instructional design strategies that support a wide range of learner differences; create barrier-free learning by applying universal design concepts.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.



Web-based readings and videos will be available within the course. There is no textbook to purchase.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the purpose and research behind universal design for learning (UDL).

  2. Differentiate between universal design and legal requirements to meet the needs of learners with disabilities.

  3. Research and distinguish universal design from traditional teaching strategies to engage the maximum number of learners.

  4. Analyze typical instructional design and identify opportunities and barriers to incorporate universal design for learning.

  5. Examine the three accepted “brain networks” that work together in the learning process.

  6. Develop a personal model of universal instructional design that supports student learning using multi-modal delivery.

  7. Evaluate examples of universal design at various age levels and disciplines.

  8. Create flexible and customizable curricula and instructional resources that exemplify the principles of universal design and increase the number of options available to learners.

  9. Apply technology tools to create barrier-free accessibility.

  10. Differentiate the appropriate and inappropriate use of UDL.


Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI)  3, 4, 7, 9
National Board for Professional Teaching Standard 3

No travel to campus is required. Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.

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