Learning Lab | Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Part 1: January 8 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Part 2: January 10 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: January 17 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET
Part 4: January 24 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET


When most people in higher education hear the phrase “Universal Design for Learning,” they think about students with physical disabilities and the accommodations we provide in order to help them meet course outcomes. This learning lab will show you (a) how accommodations and UDL are very different, (b) what you can do today, within a week, and within a month to reach out to your biggest segment of learners on their mobile devices, and (c) how to implement UDL across campus to increase persistence, retention, and satisfaction for all learners.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the Learning Lab segments that support the learning outcomes stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators.

  • Incorporate UDL elements into your course-design process
  • Design/retrofit existing course components using UDL principles
  • Measure student outcomes that improve with the adoption of UDL as part of your institutional culture
  • Expand your use of UDL and accessibility elements beyond the legally required minimum


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Senior Teaching & Learning Designer
University of Wisconsin-Madison