Case Stories Featuring Universal Design for Learning
Digital stories for faculty development can provide real-life experiences of exemplary teaching strategies and the process of implementing them.
College STAR (Supporting Transition Access and Retention)
College STAR is a project of the University of North Carolina system designed to support students with learning differences and to disseminate best-practice teaching methods to faculty members for promoting the success of students of varied learning styles and backgrounds. UDL on Campus by CAST has compiled a number of examples of how faculty in the College STAR project have redesigned their courses using the UDL framework. Each of the examples summarizes the particular pedagogical challenges faced by the instructors and their strategies for using UDL to address those challenges.
California State University Center for Distributed Learning
Each of the case stories linked below feature a video summary of an instructor’s efforts to modify teaching methods or teaching materials to incorporate the principles of Universal Design for Learning, along with such resources as sample assignments, rubrics, syllabi, and detailed descriptions of the course.
The case stories were created the California State University Center for Distributed Learning as part of EnACT~PTD, a demonstration project aimed at ensuring that students with disabilities receive a quality higher education. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, P333A-080027, in partnership with the MERLOT ELIXR program. They are collected here under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
- Active Learning in Large Lecture Classes
A professor of organic chemistry describes how he uses UDL principles to engage students through active-learning groups. This case story also includes reflections from students and samples of activities used to trigger student interactions.
- Accessibility for Learning: Navigating Your Options
At SF State, an Information Management System’s professors walks us through his strategies for; Group Discussions, Guided Notes, and Online Resources telling us what he learned about UDL, and why he thinks it allows more students to learn.
- Designing Accessibility vs. Accommodating Disability
Listen to a teacher with hearing loss describe the benefits of teaching with UDL vs. accommodating for students with disabilities,which can be an afterthought.
- Flowcharting in Business Education
An accounting teacher struggles with flow charts and reaching students who learn differently than she does in a Sonoma State University classroom. See how SSU’s professional development team helps her to reach more students using UDL guidelines.
- Multiple Delivery Methods of Course Content: Pause and Respond, Small-Group Activity
A writing professor at San Francisco State University overcomes his reliance on verbal communication. Find out how he uses multiple means of instruction with UDL.
- Navigating City Hall
This project introduces students in public administration, government, and planning to the city manager form of government, using a video “tour” of San Jose City Hall.
- Rhythm and Pitch: Introduction to Music
Dr. Sandra Yang describes how she incorporated principles of UDL into an introductory course in music, after realizing that UDL was “a new way of think about ways to reach every type of student and help them to be successful learners.”
- Small Group Discussion
This case story describes an experiment in Information Management Systems courses to see if applying principles of UDL resulted in a measurable learning difference for students.
- Teaching Music Theory through UDL
Professor Brian Wilson heard about Universal Design for Learning and found it to be the perfect opportunity to help him reconsider his teaching style.
- Teaching the Nursing Process
A complete overhaul of a Nursing course. Learn how one nursing professor was able to connect the theoretical components of a nursing curriculum into more clinically applicable lessons for her students.
- UDL and Teaching Computer Science
A professor of computer science, Dr. Suzanne Rivoire saw the potential of UDL to better meet the needs of her students, particularly those who struggle to meet the outcomes of her Introduction to Programming course.
- Understanding Abstract Theories by Connecting to Common Issues
English Professor Chingling Wo was initially attracted to the principles of UDL because she believes that they respect and foster the diversity of her students. She shares her story of implementing those principles and of her experience with a Faculty Learning Community for UDL.