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Universal classroom design

Your classroom environment can be tailored to help ensure that classroom instruction serves students with all types of learning styles and accommodates students with disabilities.

A student’s need for accommodations may be minimized through the use of universal design for learning. Universal design promotes an equitable, flexible, fully accessible learning environment designed to meet the needs of diverse learners using multiple means of engagement, expression and representation. 

Universal design suggestions

  • Using the Tegrity lecture-capture system, which eliminates the need for notetakers
  • Using captioned videos, films and other audio presentations
  • Offering flexibility regarding attendance
  • Providing texts in alternative formats
  • Giving verbal descriptions of visual aids and graphics
  • Paraphrasing questions and answers
  • Highlighting key points throughout discussions
  • Using multiple teaching methods, including lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, Web-based work and fieldwork
  • Providing multiple methods for students to demonstrate knowledge, such as demonstrations, presentations and portfolios

If you have questions regarding how best to accommodate a student with a disability or how to implement universal design suggestions, contact the Disability Center.

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