Universal Design – 4 things you can do NOW

Universal Design in Learning

A set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunity to learn.

  1. Let your students download your editable versions of your documents before/after class. Students can then enlarge fonts and change colors as needed.
  2. Visual clues (bold, italic, colored text) are not “accessible”.  Instead, use “styles” – i.e., Heading, Paragraph, etc.  For those of us in Angel, these are under the Style menu:

styles in Angel

 and in Word 2010, they’re on the Home tab, Styles group:

styles in Word

  1. Provide students with a copy of your lectures notes or a written transcript of your lecture.
  2. Make it safe in your classroom for students to experiment, make mistakes and learn from them.

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