Learning Plan

Questions to Inform Design

  • How can I provide students with options for how they interact with the content and how content is presented?
  • How can I make key points clear and stand out?
  • How can I weave in my students’ personal experiences with the course content?
  • How can I encourage students to take ownership of their learning?
  • How can I encourage an instructor-student connection and provide options for interaction?

Resources for Support

Creating Effective Collaborative Learning Groups in an Online Environment

Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Reflect on unique learner needs using Universal Design Through Multiple Lenses job aid.

Checkpoints for Universal Design

  • Course content/activities allow for differentiation depending on student need.
  • Opportunities exist for students to weave in critical thinking, opinion, and personal experience into course activities.
  • Course content/activities allow for multiple options for how students may choose to access material.
  • Course materials are clear and key points highlighted.*
  • Multiple opportunities for interaction between instructor-student and student-student are provided.*
  • Course materials are accessible or equivalent alternatives are provided (see media accessibility checks below).*
  • Assessment instructions are clear and described in simple, level-appropriate, consistent and familiar terms (avoid ambiguous words and excessive wordiness).*
  • Multiple models or examples of performance are provided as additional guidance for students.

Media Accessibility Checks

  • Video: Synchronized captions are included. Descriptive text is included when video demonstration is not coupled with audio.
  • Audio: Text transcripts are provided.
  • Images: Alternate text is included (unless image is decorative and has no meaning related to the content).
  • Word Docs: Correct formatting is followed, including use of appropriate headings. Images include alternative text.
  • PDF Docs: Correct formatting is followed and reading order is touched up as needed. Images include alternative text.
  • Visual Design:
    • Color alone is not used to denote meaning.
    • Blocks of text have adequate spacing (1.5 times line spacing is ideal
    • Images and text have an appropriate contrast ratio of 4.5:1
    • Font size and color is readable.