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Universal Design for Instruction (UDI)

The Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability promotes access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Since 1999, the Center has received more than $3 million in funding from the U.S. Office of Postsecondary Education to develop and examine the application of the construct of Universal Design for Instruction and its nine Principles as an approach for inclusive college teaching (U.S. Department of Education PR/Awards # PR333A990036 and # P333A020036).

For a description of the project (# P333A080053, 10/1/08-9/30/11), see the UDI Online information below.

UDI Online: Applying Universal Design for Instruction to
Online and Blended Courses

Project Description

Enrollment in online and technology blended courses in institutions of higher education has been growing at a dramatic rate across the United States. According to an investigation of over 2,500 institutions by Allen and Seaman (2007), nearly 3.5 million college students were enrolled in at least one online course in 2006. This represented a 10% increase from the prior year, and 83% of the institutions surveyed anticipated offering additional courses. Despite this rapid growth, there was limited evidence related to effective teaching practices for diverse learners, particularly those with mild cognitive disabilities. In light of increasing numbers of institutions offering on-line and technology blended courses and more students enrolling in these courses, this project (2008 – 2011) extended prior work in Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) into the online and technology blended learning environments.

The project focused on “faculty as designer” in implementing innovative instructional practices in online and blended courses. This was accomplished initially through collaboration with faculty and course designers across the University of Connecticut system to infuse UDI Principles related to course planning, delivery, and assessment in online and blended courses. Using a cycle of developing, piloting, and revising, the project  extended its reach to faculty nationwide by creating and posting the UDI Course Toolbox of instructional models and e-tools that support the implementation of the Principles of UDI in on-line learning. Project outcomes were disseminated via UDI-Online website, and through a UDI e-tools national webinar.

Project Contacts

Joseph W. Madaus, Ph.D.
Project Co-Principal Investigator
Phone: (860) 486-5785

U.S. Department of Education PR/Award #P333A080053



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