One Small Change Can Make a Big Impact: Universal Design Benefits All Students

Session presented by Laura Traynor (Pharmacy) and Susan Gallanis (CELT) on Thursday June 4, 2020.

The presenters will introduce the concept and principles behind Universal Design and how making small changes can positively impact all students in a course. A new Blackboard tool that enhances Universal Design, Ally, will be introduced. Ally assists faculty in developing a course that benefits all types of learners.

Link to session recording

2020 06 04 UDL and Ally Seminar Power Point

Ally Toolkit

Additional resources to assist faculty in creating Blackboard course content that follows principles of Universal Design.

Word formatting basics (video)

Headings in Word (video)

Lists in Word (video)

This is an open resource that contains MANY resources for how you can make your content more accessible: OER_Accessibility_Checklist

Microsoft Word has a built in Accessibility Checker. Learn more about the MS Word Accessibility Checker.

This document is from a January 2020 Course Design for Student Success that incorporates many of the features addressed above, but in a printable format with screenshots: Course Design for Student Success – Ally 01202020 (2)

Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (comprehensive website):

Link to session recording and PPT of a session regarding UDL and Ally held at Concordia University Wisconsin on June 4, 2020: link to materials