Texas Tech University

Universal Design of Learning

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Watch the video below to get an overview of UDL. Center for Applied Special Technology

Federal regulations are obvious the first element we consider when creating online content. But how you design an online course and the methods of instruction within that course are extremely important for usability for the learner. In this next section we will discuss how to address Universal Design for Learning in Online Courses.

General Guidelines

  • Course website is organized and design is consistent from page to page:
    • Course content is accessed within minimal clicks
    • Images are only used to supplement understanding of text, avoid decorative images
    • Tables and graphs are explained in text
    • Number of fonts is minimal, less than three
    • Refrain from flashy and decorative backgrounds
    • Communication plan is clearly explained and includes how/where to contact instructor.
  • Learning materials in the course are presented in more than one format:
    • Presentations
    • Wikis
    • Blogs
    • Videos
    • Audio
    • Others as needed
  • Variety of assignments are provided to increase motivation:
    • Discussion boards
    • Projects
    • Online activities
    • Readings
    • Guided notes with lectures
    • Others as needed
  • Course offers supplemental material for relearning and extension.
  • Synchronous discussions and chats are at a moderate pace and recordings can be accessed after discussion event.
  • Videos include full transcripts, including both audio transcript and video/visual descriptions.

Helpful links for Universal Design of Learning

Online Accessibility

  • Address

    Worldwide eLearning | Texas Tech Plaza | 1901 University Avenue, Suite 513 | Lubbock, Texas 79410-5095 || Mailing: Box 45095 | Lubbock, TX 79409-5095
  • Phone

    (806) 742-7227
  • Email

    elearning.oa@ttu.edu