About Universal Design for Learning
About the UDL Program
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone - not a single, one-size-fits-all solution - but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.
The UDL Program supports faculty adoption of best practices in designing accessible, inclusive courses. To quickly get up to speed on all things UDL, start here:
Assess your courses to determine what UDL framework elements are already incorporated, and discover opportunities to apply more - this helpful tool is a great place to start!
Accessible Instructional Materials
Accessible content can be used by a variety of users, including users with disabilities who may be using assistive technologies, such as screen readers, screen magnification and text-to-speech software, and users who are using tablets and e-readers or who are working from a remote location with a slower Internet connection. As you are creating your course, it is best to think about accessibility from the beginning, to eliminate the need for retrofitting in the future.
What are the dials I see in my course?
Canvas now helps you assess the accessibility of the of the materials you upload into your course. The green, orange, and red dials give you a quick view of the accessibility of your files. Click the dial to get feedback on how to make your files more inclusive for all of your students. Want to move the dial to towards green? Contact us, we're here to help.
Tools for your Students
Learners differ in the ways that they perceive and comprehend information that is presented to them. There is not one means of representation that will be optimal for all learners; providing multiple options for representation of your content is essential.
New tools in Canvas automatically provide alternate formats of your materials to your students. From your uploaded Word, PowerPoint, or PDF documents your students can now choose to access formats optimized for their learning style and devices; including html, ePub, electronic braille, and mp3 audio.
Connect with Academic Technology Center
Academic Technology Center
AIRC, Suite 2006
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: (916) 278-2450