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10 Tips for Implementing Universal Design for Learning

  1. Facilitate the production of class notes.

  2. Provide electronic handouts ahead of class.

  3. Suggest electronic versions of textbooks where available.

  4. Include in your course outline a statement welcoming diverse learners:

    As the instructor of this course I endeavor to provide an inclusive learning environment. However, if you experience barriers to learning in this course, do not hesitate to discuss them with me and the Office for Students with Disabilities, 514-398-6009.  

  5. Wherever possible design an exam format that includes time for students to review their work.

  6. Avoid assessing students through one format of evaluation (e.g. multiple choice).

  7. Use audio or video recording whenever available for classes.

  8. Use myCourses proactively (e.g. online discussions, supplementary material, audio feedback).

  9. Be creative about alternating learning activities (e.g. group work).

  10. Reward engagement and participation rather than penalizing non-attendance.

We recognise that implementing all of these in one go is a tall order, however we encourage faculty to consider adding an element each time they revisit a course.

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