Dell, Dell & Blackwell

Applying Universal Design for Learning in Online Courses: Pedagogical and Practical Considerations

Cindy Ann Dell, Montana State University, Billings, Montana
Thomas F. Dell, Montana State University, Billings, Montana
Terry L. Blackwell, Montana State University, Billings, Montana

Abstract

Inclusion of the universal design for learning (UDL) model as a guiding set of principles for online curriculum development in higher education is discussed. Fundamentally, UDL provides the student with multiple means of accessing the course based on three overarching principles: presentation; action and expression; and engagement and interaction. Guidelines are also provided for incorporating UDL into an online curriculum for teaching both general and diverse populations including students with disabilities.

Keywords:

Universal design for learning, online instruction, accessibility, disabilities


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