Universal Design Principles in Higher Education

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This vignette outlines online course design principles that provide multiple entry points for learning so that students, with all their diversities, can adapt activities to fit their needs, emergent abilities, and interests. Four principles drawn from Universal Design for Learning are discussed: 1) providing multiple means of representation, with spaces for unanticipated possibilities to emerge; 2) providing multiple means for students to express what they know and what they have learned; 3) offering ways into and explorations beyond planned experiences; and 4) permitting and nurturing specialized interests of individuals while enhancing possibilities for the collective. The vignette offers examples of implementations of the four principles in higher educational courses.
Online teaching, Universal Design for Learning, teaching and learning
Sabbaghan, S. (2021). Universal Design Principles in Higher Education (learning object). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.