Universal Design: Curriculum
Section 4: Key Component of Universal Design: Curriculum
The key to a universally designed course is to plan for diverse learners by providing all materials in flexible and multiple formats. The LEARN MORE Section has a template to help faculty plan for Universally Designed Syllabi, with specific tips shared.
Whenever possible, faculty should try to incorporate multimedia materials. Multimedia materials can be used to present key course content or supplement traditional course materials. Most faculty know that multimedia and digital course materials will engage students, but they often don’t know why they are useful as a teaching strategy. The following are examples of how multimedia can be used to support the learning process for students from diverse backgrounds.
Finally, whenever possible faculty should make sure that all course documents are as universally designed as possible. The rule of thumb for creating a universally designed document is to present information in at least two different ways. For example, in a course syllabus, text can be used to explain your office hours, but it also helps to show that same information in a calendar grid.Since the syllabus is a document that faculty spend a lot of time creating as their contract with students, it is especially important to make sure that the content is fully accessible.