What is UDL?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for curriculum design that fosters an inclusive learning environment. Minimizing barriers to learning reduces the need for individual accommodations and helps to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. Providing multiple pathways to achieve course outcomes motivates and engages students with different learning styles, needs, and abilities.

UDL is a research-informed approach based on current scientific understanding of how people learn. Rather than a prescribed set of steps and procedures, it is a mindset that proactively considers how to optimize the learning experience by supporting the needs of diverse students. A universally designed course integrates multiple means of representation (how content is delivered), action and expression (how students demonstrate their knowledge), and engagement (how students participate).

Learn more about UDL by checking out the following resources:

Am I eligible to use this service?

The Universal Design for Learning service is jointly offered by ASSETT and the Academic Technology Design Team (ATDT). Our services are available at no cost to CU Boulder faculty, staff, and graduate students with instructional duties.

 

What services do you offer?

  • Consultations are one-on-one or small-group meetings in which we explore specific issues, challenges, or questions related to UDL implementation or best practices. Typically, an initial consulation ranges from 45 minutes to 90 minutes in length, depending on the complexity of the issues being discussed. 
     
  • Workshops provide hands-on opportunities to engage with UDL principles and best practices. Our one-hour Introduction to UDL workshop provides foundational knowledge, models best practices, and offers implementation tips in an engaging, interactive session that is appropriate for any audience. Upon request, we will develop a custom workshop to address specific audiences, topics, needs, or challenges.
     
  • Presentations can range from a high-level overview of UDL to an in-depth discussion of one or more principles, guidelines, or best practices.
    Brad Grabham shares UDL information with teachers at the 2018 Teaching With Technology Symposium
    • Our 20-minute "sparkshops" raise awareness of inclusive pedagogy as well as outlining the various services our team can provide. As the name suggests, these bite-sized introductions are intended to help spark discussion within departments and programs. They are designed to fit perfectly within an existing meeting structure, such as a faculty meeting, orientation program, meet-and-greet, or on-boarding event.
       
    • We can be booked as guest lecturers to meet with your class. This format is most appropriate for seminar courses on topics related to diversity and inclusion, course design, faculty development, and education.
       
    • We regularly present at campus events and conferences, such as COLTT, Graduate Teaching Program orientations and trainings, and the Diversity and Inclusion Summits. We are happy to participate by invitation or to submit a session proposal for consideration.
       
  • Invite us to staff a table in an exhibit hall or showcase at an event such as a student/faculty orientation or campus services fair. We'll bring tons of helpful resources, answer questions, and share fun promotional items to help raise awareness of UDL.
     
  • Classroom observations are a confidential, non-evaluative mechanism for providing instructors with formative feedback on their current UDL implementation and specific suggestions for enhancement. At the instructor's discretion, they can be included in personnel files or portfolios as evidence of teaching effectiveness and demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.

 

How can I request a service?

OIT staff are available to provide on-demand training and support for individuals, departments, or groups. Any of our offerings can be tailored to address issues specific to instructors, courses, programs, and/or disciplines. Please contact us to determine which services are most appropriate for your needs

  • For UDL support for Arts & Sciences, contact Joy Adams, ASSETT Teaching and Learning Consultant (303-735-5692).
  • For UDL support for other departments and programs, contact Brad Grabham, ATDT Learning Experience Designer (303-735-1552).
  • For information about scheduled presentations and workshops, visit ASSETT's Upcoming Events page.
  • For help with accessibility and assistive technology, email help@colorado.edu or visit OIT's Accessible Technology Resources web page.