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Universal course design: A model for professional development

Universal course design: A model for professional development

This chapter discusses Universal Course Design (UCD) as a professional development strategy that allows university and college instructors to effectively reach all learners. The goal of UCD is to prepare faculty to increase college students' access to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the learning environment. The chapter defines UCD and contrasts UCD with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Universal Design of Instruction (UDI). Central to implementing UCD is the UCD team. The purposes, membership and activities of a UCD team is provided, including examples of how the UCD team supported teachers to apply UCD strategies in their classrooms. The chapter closes with recommendations on how to sustain UCD on a college campus, and identifies five elements that lead to UCD sustainability: the activities of a UCD team, initiating UCD from within the campus community, actively seeking student’s insights, and representing UDC as a strategy that improves instruction for all students - including students with disabilities.

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Behling, K., & Hart, D. (2008). Universal course design: A model for professional development. In S.E. Burgstahler & R.C. Cory (Eds.),Universal design in higher education (pp. 109-125). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

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2008
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