Universal Design for Learning (UDL) looks at how and why individuals learn information to help educators frame course content in multiple ways to reach more students. Additionally, UDL helps student with learning disabilities take online courses without adaption from Learning Support Services.
There are three basic principles to UDL -- representation (giving students multiple opportunities with different ways to understand information), action and expression (providing online learners several outlets to demonstrate the information they have learned), and engagement and interaction (challenging students in various methods to engage with course content).
Online courses are an increasingly popular way for students (traditional and non-traditional alike) to further their education. More people than ever can learn outside of the physical classroom, but professors have to keep in mind that there are many ways by which people learn and demonstrate understanding of new concepts.
Here at OCE, we want to encourage you to use UDL strategies when planning your courses to accommodate a diverse range of students. Students with and without disabilities, as well as those with a variety of learning methods, will be able to access and use online classes better with a UDL-oriented course.
We advise you to consider three main UDL points when constructing your OCE courses.