5 Tips on Universal Design for Learning
Keeping students engaged in the classroom can be a challenge for instructors and presenters. Jessica Phillips, ODEE Instructional Designer, shared tips on increasing engagement at this year’s EDUCAUSE Conference. Phillips is our resident expert on Universal Design for Learning.
Phillips shared five course design tricks to maximize student interest and activity that every course creator can use:
- Plan for differences between students
- Give students options or variety in completion of assessments
- Present information in multiple ways (videos, articles, demonstrations, etc.)
- Make key points stand out
- Give students options and variety for how they interact
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) uses design techniques to keep students active throughout a presentation or course. UDL meets the diverse needs of a wide variety of learners, and adapts course materials to accommodate learning disabilities. These techniques help design learning experiences from the student’s perspective. UDL can combat learning barriers and increase learning comprehension, creativity and engagement.