EDUC 652 Universal Design - Accessibility

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning
Summer: June 12 - July 21, 2017

Tuition, Due 

What You Will Learn

  • How to apply technology tools to create barrier-free accessibility
  • How to systematically plan instruction according to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • Differentiated instructional methods and alternative assessment strategies to meet the varied needs of all learners including English language learners and learners with a variety of learning styles and interests
  • Applications of UDL to online, blended and traditional learning environments

Who Should Enroll

  • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
  • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
  • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
  • Instructional designers or curriculum developers in any setting
  • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Trainers in corporations, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, government, and military
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education and continuing education leaders


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.

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 incorporating 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.


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

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.

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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