Universal Design for Instruction

Universal Design for Instruction
  • How do our students describe themselves as learners?
  • How consistent are these descriptions with our experiences as teachers?
  • What new strategies can we use to create positive learning experiences for all students?
  • What answers to these questions does Universal Design for Instruction offer?

Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are applications in the field of education of the concept of Universal Design. Universal Design is a rather simple but elegant plan to create living spaces that are accessible to all, including people with physical disabilities (see design.ncsu.edu/cud). Expanding on that concept, UDI and UDL are approaches for making teaching and learning as accessible to as many learners as possible.

UDI recognizes the value of developing multiple ways of presenting content and offering students various ways to demonstrate learning. By proactively imagining any individual student’s potential needs and responding to those needs, faculty can enhance and expand the learning situation for all students. UDI recognizes that the more ways we present material, the more students will be able to show us what they have learned.

Through this site you can learn more about UDI and its principles for inclusive learning; discover the learning attitudes of our MCC student population, especially as those attitudes relate to those of faculty; and discover “best practices” and actual tips for strengthening our educational mission as an institution.

Last Update: August 27 2012
For additional information, contact: Gail Hammond