Universal Design for Learning

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning
EDUC 652 June 13 - July 22, 2016

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What You Will Learn

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

Differentiated instructional methods and alternative assessment strategies to meet the varied needs of all learners in today's classrooms including English language learners and learners with a variety of learning styles and interests.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to instructional design that goes well beyond disabilities, accessibility or legislation. As an inclusive strategy, UDL offers learners of all types the opportunity to succeed and is applicable to online, blended and traditional learning environments. Learn how to systematically plan instruction according to UDL principles.

Who should enroll?

Designed for educators, instructional designers and trainers interested in learning about universal design to increase learner motivation and engagement.

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. 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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