By incorporating principles of universal design, instructors can
teach in ways that reach a variety of learners and learning styles.
The result? Improved educational outcomes.
How to Incorporate Universal Design in Your Teaching
Promote a welcoming class climate. Adopt practices that
reflect high values with respect to both diversity and
Make learning interactive. Encourage regular and
effective interactions between students and the instructor and
ensure that communication methods are accessible to all
Pay attention to the physical environment and course
materials. Ensure that individuals with physical,
cognitive and sensory impairments can access facilities,
activities, materials, and equipment.
Consider employing multiple delivery methods to access
content. When possible, allow students to choose from
multiple options for learning. Consider lectures,
collaborative learning options, hands-on activities, Internet-based
communications, educational software, field work, and so
Ensure that information resources and technology are
accessible, and provide them in multiple formats. For example,
share a syllabus electronically in both Word and PDF formats, in
addition to distributing paper copies.
Provide feedback to students on a regular basis.
For example, break up larger projects into manageable sections and
provide feedback along the way to ensure students are on
Regularly assess student progress using multiple accessible
methods and tools. Ensure that you provide accommodations
for students who have presented you with an accommodation
memorandum. Remember that some assessment tools, such as
clicker quizzes, can pose challenges for students with physical,
cognitive or sensory impairments.
Provide accommodations. Even with universal
design, there may be students who still require accommodation to
access course materials, or to ensure that assessment tools measure
the students' knowledge rather than their impairments.
Contact the Office of Accessibility Resources if you have any
concerns about a student with a disability, or if you suspect that
a student's disability is impacting his or her
ACCESSIBILITY ACROSS UB
UB's Office of Accessibility
Resources coordinates services and accommodations to
ensure the accessibility and usability of all UB programs, services
and activities by people with disabilities. If you require
reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact Accessibility
Resources at (716) 645-2608.