McGill's OSD has developed a detailed Faculty Guidebook for instructors outlining our services and processes for both in-person and remote learning contexts. This resources includes information on topics such as how students access accommodations, Universal Design for Learning, exam accommodations, and much more. To access the guide, please click the link below.
10 Tips for implementing UDL in your class
Facilitate the production of class notes.
Provide electronic handouts ahead of class.
Suggest electronic versions of textbooks where available.
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.
Wherever possible design an exam that includes time for students to review their work.
Avoid assessing students through one type of evaluation (e.g. multiple choice).
Use audio or video recording whenever available for classes.
Use myCourses proactively (e.g. online discussions, supplementary material, audio feedback).
Be creative about alternating learning activities (e.g. group work).
Reward engagement and participation rather than penalizing non-attendance.
We recognize that implementing all of these tips is a tall order, however we encourage faculty to consider adding an element each time they revisit a course. For more information, check out some of our other UDL resources.
More accessibility information
- McGill's Equity Team has an article with useful tips and resources regarding building an accessible course in myCourses.
- McGill Web Management System (WMS) team has compiled some very useful information for creating accessible websites. You can find out more by reading article on accessible websites.
- McGill, Concordia University, Bishop's University, Dawson College and Cégep à distance have collaborated to release a new set of learning modules on building more inclusive and accessible courses: Making Learning Inclusive and Accessible.
Microsoft Office products
Office 365 includes features to make your content more accessible to students with disabilities. When creating Office documents, it is possible to verify a document’s accessibility compatibility.
Refer to Microsoft's accessibility videos for an in-depth look at available accessibility options.
When creating PDF files, it is possible to verify a document’s accessibility compatibility.
Refer to the Adobe site to learn how to make your PDF content more accessible.