Universal Design for Learning
Federal regulations require equitable access to all resources and materials for students who are otherwise qualified to enroll in the course. Furthermore, accessibility must be built into program and course design. Accessibility must result in an educational experience that is equal to that of students without disabilities. e-Learning Services promotes the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to reach ADA compliance in online materials. UDL is a set of principles for content development that gives all students equal opportunity to learn. UDL helps all students, not just those with documented disabilities, by offering more than one way for students to access materials.
To assist faculty with creating ADA compliant materials for their courses, e-Learning Services recommends the following resources:
Universal Design for Learning Training Course
All LCSC instructors are automatically enrolled in the Universal Design for Learning training course located in Blackboard. It is accessed in the "My Organizations" area. If you do not see the course in Blackboard, contact your Instructional Designer.
The purpose of this course is to provide faculty with resources for bringing online course content up to the standards outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
By the start of the fall 2019 semester, all courses with an online delivery component, meaning a space within Blackboard, will be compliant with current laws. Meeting these standards benefits students with disabilities, and helps all students to access and use the content in online courses. LCSC will use the standards set forth in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to achieve ADA compliance. UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals ‐ all learning styles and all ability levels ‐ equal opportunities to learn.
Founded in 2009, the National Universal Design for Learning Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information about UDL, advocacy, implementation, research, and community.
For questions regarding the ADA Compliance timeline in instructor contracts, please contact the Office of the Provost.