Implementing Universal Design for Education in Illinois Webinar Series


A series of nine webinars were held between October 2011 and May 2012 that focused on key concepts, strategies and instructional technology that may be used to develop course materials that are universally designed. Universally designed course materials often provide benefits on multiple levels, including accessibility, content retention, varied learning styles, as well as platform and device independent delivery. The sessions were recorded and available for viewing at http://www.adaconferences.org/IBHE/Archives/

Topics included:

  • Introduction to Universal Design for Education
  • Introduction to the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA)
  • LecShare Pro
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Accessibility
  • MathML
  • PDF Accessibility
  • SoftChalkLessonbuilder
  • Adobe Captivate

Universal Design for Education (UDE) is the incorporation of principles from both universal design for learning and universal design for instruction. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) employs learning guidelines for multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement for the student. Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) applies the same seven principles as universal design for architecture with two additional principles related to education. This webinar series will provide insights into how to begin to implement these principles into classroom instruction to provide a more inclusive learning environment for a diverse student population, including those with disabilities.