Course Activity and Digital Badge

Each registered participant will develop one activity that employs various concepts and strategies introduced in the course. Participants will be asked to complete assignments between the course segments that support the learning objectives and will receive feedback and constructive critique from the facilitator on how to improve and shape their work. Those registered participants that successfully complete the entire activity will receive an EDUCAUSE digital badge recognizing their accomplishment.


Session 1: I Know It When I See It

June 13, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

This session will briefly introduce the mindset of universal design for learning (UDL).  Participants will critique real examples of UDL in action.  Our interactions provide a foundation for performing a UDL audit for a single course offering.

Session Activity

  • Participants will examine and critique three examples of UDL in higher education courses and complete an assignment to audit materials from one of their own institution's course offerings or interactions.

Session 2: One Step Beyond

June 20, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

In this session, we'll introduce ways to implement UDL beyond the higher education course environment.  Participants will construct UDL approaches for student services, counseling, tutoring, marketing, library sciences, and the IT help desk, all as part of engaging in a hands-on "build it together" exercise.

Session Activity

  • Participants will help a fictitious college apply the "plus one" UDL approach to its student service areas.

Session 3: The Mona Lisa Has a Very Nice Frame

June 27, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

In our final session, we will examine the cognitive neuroscience behind why UDL doesn't yet enjoy wider adoption.  Participants will learn ways to speak with campus leaders and colleagues to make the case for adopting UDL practices, going beyond "it's the law" into benefits for faculty members, staff members, and the institution as a whole.

Session Activity

  • Participants will create talking points for UDL conversations with varius campus audiences, from faculty members to IT staffers to student support personnel to senior leaders.