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Universal Design

Universal Design minimizes barriers and maximizes learning for all. These resources for designing courses and programs are so the largest numbers of people possible are included in what SVSU has to offer. Inclusion can improve student success.

Introductory Video

Equal Access:  Universal Design of Instruction
 This video presentation demonstrates strategies for making instruction
in a classroom or in a tutoring center accessible to all students.

  •Runtime: 13:08 minutes

(Click on image above for introductory video)    

Universal Design: Definitions and Principles

Universal Design: Top 10 strategies for Postsecondary Curriculum

Universal Design: Starts with the Syllabus

Universal Design: Top 10 strategies for Power Points

Universal Design: Top 10 strategies for Multi-media

Examples and Guidelines of Universal Design in higher education

Universal Design: Legal Issues


Resources on Universal Design and Effective Teaching:

Do-IT: The Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) develops and collects resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience.

UDL on Campus: The resources on this site focus on how UDL can be used to address learner variability in postsecondary education settings in order to help ensure that all students receive a high-quality learning experience and are able to succeed.

ACCESS: From Colorado StateUniversity, this link takes you to a large collection of technical tutorials and basic “how to” make media accessible.

UDL Universe: Digital case stories of faculty with real-life experiences of exemplary teaching strategies and the process of implementing them.

TEP:  Teaching Effectiveness of the University of Oregon offers valuable resources for instructors with classroom resources on Universal Design in College Instruction.

UDL on Campus: UDL on Campus has a webpage with links to a number of colleges and universities that have implemented UDL initiatives on their campuses to improve learning opportunities for their students.

W3C:  Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 offers a wide range of recommendations and guidelines for making Web content more accessible.

WAC: The Web Accessibility Center at Ohio State University offers faculty tutorials and resources for accessible design with on-line education courses and web-enabled lecture series.

Contact Us


Ann Coburn-Collins,
Director of Academic Support Programs

Wickes 260

Scott MacLeod
Assistant Director of Disability Services & Academic Support

Wickes 260

Deborah Rickert
Office Coordinator

Science East 201/Wickes 260