Universal Design

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Last week I participated in the Universal Design workshop sponsored by the Diversity and Information Literacy Collaboratives.  Below are a few notes, and I must say this was one of the best presentation I have seen since starting at the U.

UD is more than designing for disability, designing for all, better learning for everyone.

9 principles of universal design
  1. Equitable use- providing student with multiple options to demonstrate mastery, oral, paper, posters, etc.
  2. Flexibility in use- varied instructional strategies, mind maps, group activities, outlines, providing choice of strategies
  3. Simple & Intuitive- providing rubrics, syllabus with links to materials, icons to website that remind about deadlines
  4. Perceptible information- alternative products and assisted technology, accessible websites, 
  5. Tolerance for error- practice exercises, tests, repetition
  6. Low physical effort- screen structure, breaking down website into multiple pages/headings
  7. Size and space for approach and use- diverse communication needs, visuals with text
  8. Community of learners- study groups foster communication, discussions, project groups, chat rooms, connect through video or phone
  9. Instructional climate- statements on syllabus to respect diversity, accommodations statement
Environmental factors- think of the student struggling the most: backgrounds, what they know already, what are their preconceptions of libraries, what are you afraid of? (being in front of the math class, showing what thinking)Are some of the SLO's and SDO's addressed? 

Non-traditional Students
  • multiple ways to participate
  • multiple modes of assessment
  • culturally relevant examples
  • provide scaffolding
International Students
  • multiple modes of taking in information
  • culture-bound concepts explicit
  • time to think/plan before participation
  • multiple ways to demonstrate learning , accept "written accent" (tolerance for error) 
  • fosters inclusive pairings/groupings
Students with Disabilities
  • identify essential requirement to aid in curricular design, is it essential to measure KSA? (math problems, timed, need to do in a time constraint or get the solution right using whatever means)
  • text descriptions of visuals
  • flexibility in modes of assessment
  • electronic formats for multiple ways to access information
  • modify online instruction

What's your class like? quiet, energetic, 
Scripting important, to think about visual and verbal cues

Use a san serif font, better for visually impaired
12 point standard, electronic format allows people to scale to size they need
accessible website design- have text description of images- almost invisible when on screen but visible when printed or screen reader

Review the "Principles oUniversal Instructional Design" principles highlighted at mid-page at this URL: http://www.ds.umn.edu/Faculty/applyingUID.html

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