Providing multiple means of action and expression (the how of learning) means providing different ways for students to demonstrate what they know and what they have learned. Assessments are designed to measure knowledge, skills, and abilities. Providing students with a single method of evaluation such as multiple choice exams or written assignments can create barriers for students with Learning Disabilities, students who are English second language learners or students from different cultural backgrounds. Application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to assessment used in postsecondary courses has the potential to ensure that the variability among learners is addressed.
Take away tool: Ungraded or Optional Assignments
Take away tool: Providing Flexibility and Variety in Instruction and Assessment
We hope many faculty and course instructors will be encouraged to contact the OSD and to showcase their own Universal Design initiatives and practices so that their colleagues can benefit and explore similar paths. If you are interested in showcasing some of your UD exploration, please contact tanja [dot] beck [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Tanja Beck).